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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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Timothy Snyder: We should not fall into politics that are only about “us and them”

Estonian World interviewed Timothy Snyder, a renowned American academic, historian and an author of many globally influential books, such as “Bloodlands. Europe between Hitler and Stalin”, “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning”, “On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” and “The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America”. …

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Estonian-Russian border dispute resurfaces after a Moscow diplomat denounces the 1920 Tartu Peace Treaty

On 18 November, Sergey Belyayev, the head of the Russian foreign ministry’s second European department, reiterated Moscow’s view that the 1920 Treaty of Tartu, in which Moscow recognised Estonia’s independence and agreed to a border, became null and void when Estonia became part of the Soviet Union in 1940. But …

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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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