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Estonian Juhan Lepassaar to become the EU’s new cybersecurity boss

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) selected Estonian Juhan Lepassaar to be its new executive director. Lepassaar, currently in charge of the cabinet for the outgoing Estonian EU commissioner, Andrus Ansip, was selected on 16 July by the ENISA management board. Prior to being formally appointed, Lepassaar shall be …

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The Estonian Air Force celebrates its 100th anniversary with an F-35 flypast

The Estonian Air Force celebrated its 100th anniversary on 13 July with an air show that featured a flypast by a United States Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The Estonian Air Force opened the doors of the Ämari Air Base to everyone on 13 July and put …

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The UK embarks a Challenger 2 battle tank during an exercise in Estonia

The British Army and the Royal Marines embarked a Challenger 2 main battle tank from an Estonian beach onto HMS Albion as part of a military exercise. According to Jane’s Defence Weekly, the embarkment took place during the Baltic Protector exercise that was held from 24 May to 9 July …

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Reporters Without Borders express concern about Estonia’s largest daily, Postimees

Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that conducts political advocacy on issues relating to freedom of information and freedom of the press, has expressed concern about the largest newspaper in Estonia, Postimees, and calls the newspaper’s owner to respect the editorial independence of the daily. “Reporters Without Borders calls on …

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Estonian soldiers build a sauna in Africa to support their peacekeeping mission

The Estonian military has a tradition of building saunas on deployment – and that even applies in the 40°C heat out in Mali, West Africa. If you think it’s hot in Estonia on a nice summer day, then spare a thought for the Estonian soldiers serving in the 40°C (104°F) …

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The Tallinn-based NATO cyber defence centre welcomes four new members

The Tallinn, Estonia-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) has welcomed four new members – Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway and Romania; the centre now has 25 member countries, becoming the biggest among 25 NATO-accredited centres of excellence. “In eleven years, we have grown from seven founding members to the …

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US Marines teach Estonian youths first aid and orienteering

US Marines who arrived in Estonia ahead of the 47th annual maritime exercise, Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), are visiting schools and local communities to teach youths about first aid, orienteering and teamwork. The Marines arrived in Tallinn on 25 May ahead of the BALTOPS exercise that will take place in Sweden, …

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New study: Baltic populations divided not only along ethnic lines

A new study reveals that the most fundamental divide in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is not along ethnic lines – and in fact, it has never been the case. Many assume that the most fundamental divide in the Baltic countries is along ethnic lines, that all Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians …

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An interactive cyber law toolkit launched in Tallinn

The Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence has launched an interactive web-based resource for legal professionals and students, called the Cyber Law Toolkit. The toolkit was launched at the 11th Annual Conference on Cyber Conflict – or CyCon 2019 – in Tallinn, Estonia, on 29 May. According to …

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