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Estonian far-right minister resigns after a day in office

Marti Kuusik, the IT and foreign trade minister, appointed by the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) to the new government, was forced to resign after just a day in the office, in the face of domestic violence allegations against him – which, shockingly, include twice breaking his former wife’s …

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Estonian liberal commentator Ahto Lobjakas resigns in the face of self-censorship demands

Ahto Lobjakas, the outspoken and sharp commentator at the Estonian Radio 2 – part of the Estonian Public Broadcasting – is forced to leave his post due to the demands of self-censorship by the broadcasting’s board; Lobjakas is known for holding the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) leaders, future …

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UPDATED: The first Estonian journalist leaves a major newspaper over her views

Vilja Kiisler, a journalist at Postimees, one of the largest newspapers in Estonia, has decided to leave her post due to differences with the paper’s editor-in-chief over what she expressed in an opinion article. Kiisler announced on 22 April on Facebook that she would be leaving Postimees after she wrote …

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Estonia ranked 11th in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Estonia has been ranked 11th among 180 countries in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders, having improved its ranking compared with 2018 by one spot. According to Reporters Without Borders, journalists in Estonia are working in a broadly favourable environment, but media ownership is still highly …

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The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, meeting with her Russian colleague, Vladimir Putin.

Kaljulaid discusses mutual relations with Putin

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, met with her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on 18 April in Moscow; the two presidents discussed the mutual relations between the countries, economic cooperation and the international situation. The meeting between Kaljulaid and Putin lasted for two and a half hours. The heads of state …

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President Kaljulaid to meet her Russian colleague

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, is on 18 April going to meet her Russian colleague, president Vladimir Putin. Kaljulaid will travel to Moscow to inaugurate the renovated Estonian embassy in the city. Among the meetings the president will undertake during the visit is also one with Putin. The meeting between …

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The world’s largest cyber exercise in Estonia brings allies together

At the world’s biggest real-time cyber security exercise, it’s not the winning but the taking part that counts. Organised by the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), Locked Shields has been running since 2010. This year, representatives from 30 nations, including from as far away as Australia …

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UK to deploy nearly 2,000 military personnel to the Baltic Sea in May

The United Kingdom will deploy nearly 2,000 armed forces personnel to the Baltic Sea for a series of multinational exercises in support of European security. Sailors and marines from all nations of the UK-led high-readiness Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) will take part in the deployment due to take place in …

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The 70th anniversary of NATO confirms the solidarity of the alliance

On 4 April, a ministerial meeting marked the 70th anniversary of NATO and confirmed the solidarity of the alliance. At the meeting, the talks covered the future of NATO and the changing security situation, including Russia and the effect of the violation of the INF Treaty, the Estonian foreign ministry …

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