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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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Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona, in March 2016. Courtesy: Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia

Trump to nominate William Grayson as the US ambassador to Estonia

The US president, Donald Trump, announced on 30 September his intent to nominate William E. Grayson as the American ambassador to Estonia. According to the White House press release, William Ellison Grayson currently works as the national director of the Family Offices of Bernstein Private Wealth Management in San Francisco, …

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Estonia commemorates the day the Soviet Union occupied the country

On 22 September, Estonia commemorates the day in 1944 when the Soviet Union for the second time occupied the country and stayed for almost 50 years – the day that’s now known as Resistance Day. On 22 September 1944, the Soviet Army entered the Estonian capital, Tallinn, claiming it was …

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UK’s the Telegraph pulls an article by Nazi-apologist Estonian MEP Jaak Madison

The British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, removed an opinion article published in its online version by the Estonian populist member of the European Parliament, Jaak Madison – the article was removed after Jewish News, Britain’s most popular Jewish newspaper, reached out, it is understood. Jaak Madison, an Estonian Conservative People’s Party …

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Estonia elected to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency

On September 19, at the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Estonia was elected to the agency’s Board of Governors for the first time; Estonia’s tenure will last from 2019-2021. Estonia will be represented at the board of the organisation by Toomas Kukk, Estonia’s Permanent Representative to the …

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