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Estonia has the second freest internet in the world – Freedom House

According to the Freedom House 2019 Freedom on the Net index, Estonia has the second freest internet in the world – after Iceland. Estonia scored 94 out of a hundred in this year’s Freedom on the Net index, maintaining its score from the last year. However, in the 2018 index, …

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Estonia and the US sign a memo on 5G security, exclude Chinese Huawei

The Estonian prime minister, Jüri Ratas, and the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, on 31 October signed a memorandum between the two countries to strengthen their cooperation on 5G security and development, restricting the use of the Chinese mobile technology company Huawei’s products. “Considering that secure fifth …

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Journalists force Estonia’s largest daily’s editor-in-chief to leave over censorship concerns

The journalists of the largest daily newspaper in Estonia, Postimees, forced its editor-in-chief, Peeter Helme, to leave his post, threatening to leave themselves unless Helme resigned; according to the journalists, Helme wasn’t suitable to work as the chief editor and was trying to impose censorship over the newspaper’s content. Nineteen …

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US institute recommends two-year conscription for the Baltic states

The Jamestown Foundation, a US-based institute for research and analysis, recommends the Baltic states introduce a two-year conscription to better defend themselves, among other suggestions. A recent research paper, titled “How to Defend the Baltic States”, written by Dr Richard D. Hooker, Jr, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at The Jamestown …

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Young people from Estonia can apply to become a UN delegate

The Estonian foreign ministry and the Union of Estonian Youth Organisations have announced a competition to find a UN youth delegate – the programme allows one young person from Estonia aged 18-24 to see the work of the Estonian delegation in the United Nations up-close and represent the voice of …

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An Estonian drug lord among the Europol’s “most wanted” women

The European Union’s crime agency, Europol, has launched a campaign showing its “most wanted” women, accused or convicted of serious and organised crimes; among the “most wanted” is also Kristi Amberg, a young lady from Estonia. In May 2018, Amberg was sentenced to a year and nine months in prison …

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The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, meeting with her Russian colleague, Vladimir Putin. Photo by Stanislav Moshkov.

The Estonian president invites Vladimir Putin to Estonia

Kersti Kaljulaid, the Estonian president, invited her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to attend the World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples in June 2020. Kaljulaid sent the invitations to the presidents of Finland, Hungary and Russia – Sauli Niinistö, János Áder and Vladimir Putin, respectively. The congress, which will take place at …

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Urmas Reitelmann. Photo: Facebook

Estonia sends an overt racist to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Estonia has chosen Urmas Reitelmann, a member of the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party and an overt racist, as its representative in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Reitelmann is known in Estonia for his outspoken racist statements; for example, he has called the people seeking refuge in …

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Estonia’s FM to discuss security issues with SecState Pompeo

The Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, is to meet the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on 8 October and discuss security and defence issues with him in Washington, DC. The two colleagues will also discuss the Three Seas Initiative, which, also known as the Baltic, Adriatic, Black Sea Initiative, …

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Ireland is joining the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

Ireland has decided to join the Tallinn, Estonia-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence; the Irish ambassador to the country, Frances Kiernan, visited the centre on 3 October to submit the letter of intent and start the accession process. “With its strong digital economy and society, we believe Ireland …

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