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Estonia is not to attend a Holocaust remembrance event in Israel

None of the Estonian leaders will represent the country in Israel at a high-level Holocaust remembrance event on 23 January even though almost all European Union member states will attend. The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, is currently in Antarctica with an expedition celebrating the bicentennial of the discovery of the …

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Reporters Without Borders expresses concerns about investigative journalism in Estonia

Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that conducts political advocacy on issues relating to freedom of information and freedom of the press, has expressed “extreme” concern about investigative journalism in Estonia in the light of a crisis in Postimees, the country’s leading newspaper. Reporters Without Borders said in a 13 …

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Estonia and the US to build a joint platform for sharing cyber threat intelligence

Estonia and the United States have started a cooperation to build a joint platform for sharing cyber threat intelligence between the two countries. The platform will be developed by Cybernetica – the Estonian company known for the development of the country’s X-Road citizen’s portal and the internet voting system – and procured …

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Estonia allocates €50,000 to Australia to help bushfire victims

The Estonian ministry of foreign affairs has allocated €50,000 to the Australian Red Cross to support them in aiding disaster victims. At least 24 people have so far been killed and more than 6.3 million hectares (63,000 sq km or 15.6 million acres) of bush, forest and parks have been …

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The US defence budget to allocate USD175 million to the Baltic countries

The United States will allocate USD125 million to develop military cooperation between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania next year; it will also create, for the first time in history, a separate USD50 million budget line to support the development of Baltic air defence. According to a statement by the Estonian ministry …

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Freshly elected Boris Johnson makes his first visit as the UK prime minister to Estonia

The freshly elected prime minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, made his first foreign visit as his country’s duly elected head of the government to Estonia. Even though Johnson has been the prime minister of the UK since 24 July, up until the general election win on 12 December, …

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Estonia, Finland and Latvia are planning the joint development of armoured vehicles

Estonia, Latvia and Finland have signed a letter of intent to begin consultations for acquiring armoured vehicles within the framework of trilateral defence cooperation. The letter of intent was signed by the Estonian minister of defence, Jüri Luik; the Latvian defence minister, Artis Pabriks; and the permanent secretary of the …

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UPDATED – Estonia’s populist interior minister: The “Reds” attempt to liquidate Finland

Mart Helme, the leader of the populist far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party and Estonia’s interior minister, on Sunday called the new Finnish prime minister, Sanna Marin, a “cashier” who together with her “Red” coalition partners would “desperately try to liquidate” Finland. Helme made the comments on a weekly radio broadcast …

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Trump dines with the leaders of the eight NATO countries that fulfil their 2% obligation – including Estonia

The US president, Donald Trump, dined on 4 December, while attending the NATO summit in Watford, the United Kingdom, with the eight NATO countries that contribute two per cent or more of their GDP to their defence – including Estonia. “These are the eight countries, plus us – plus the …

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