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Dr Keegan McBride: The current government is making the same mistakes the previous one did

Keegan McBride, who has played an active role in sharing information about the novel coronavirus pandemic in Estonia, says in an interview with Estonian World that the country’s current government, headed by Kaja Kallas and her Reform Party, is hypocritical, making the same mistakes they criticised the previous government for; …

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Survey: Almost all Estonians consider conscription necessary

According to a recent survey, 90 per cent of Estonia’s residents consider military conscription necessary and 79 per cent support a national defence model consisting of professional servicemen and a reserve force. Over three quarters of Estonia’s residents – 77% – believe Estonia must provide armed resistance in the event …

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Obituary: Johannes Kert, the former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces

Johannes Kert, who as the former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces led Estonia towards NATO and helped rebuild the Estonian military, has died at the age of 61; the boots of this straightforward military man, who didn’t waste words or spare time for niceties, will be impossible to fill, …

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Rolls-Royce to potentially build a nuclear power station in Estonia

Rolls-Royce, a British engineering giant, and Fermi Energia, an Estonian energy company, have signed a memorandum of understanding to study the potential for the deployment of affordable, compact nuclear power stations in Estonia.  The study will cover all aspects of deployment including grid suitability, cooling, emergency planning, human resources, licensing …

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Estonia’s action plan: close cooperation with allies, active membership at the UNSC

The Estonian government on 23 February approved its foreign policy action plan for 2021-2023, according to which the country will continue close cooperation with partners and allies in the European Union and NATO and will be active in its membership at the UN Security Council. According to the Estonian foreign …

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The United Kingdom and Estonia’s achievement of independence

Patrik Maldre describes the crucial days of 1918 when the Estonia-UK alliance was born.* On 24 February 1919, the Republic of Estonia celebrated its first Independence Day with nearly full control of the nation’s historical homeland. And yet, only a short two months before that, the Red Army had been …

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Estonia’s first ambassador to Mali presents her credentials

On Monday, 8 February, Ingrid Amer, Estonia’s first ambassador to Mali, presented her credentials to the West African country’s president of the transition, Bah N’Daw; Estonia and Mali are closely linked by defence cooperation – Estonia is currently part of three missions aimed at bolstering Mali’s security. After the presentation …

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Estonia has a serial criminal party in the government – again

When the previous Estonian prime minister, Jüri Ratas – also the chairman of the centre-left Centre Party – resigned on 14 January, he did so because his party had yet again been suspected in criminal involvement in a corruption case; this wasn’t by far the first time the Centre Party …

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Estonia commemorates the Tartu Peace Treaty

On 2 February, Estonia commemorates the Tartu Peace Treaty that ended the Estonian War of Independence, established the country’s eastern border and obligated Soviet Russia to recognise Estonian independence – the fact the Soviet Union ignored only 20 years later. The Tartu Peace Treaty, signed on 2 February 1920, was …

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