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Anti-EKRE activists are organising a demonstration against the coalition talks

Activists opposing the inclusion of the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) in the currently-ongoing coalition talks in Estonia are organising a demonstration titled “Yes to freedom, no to lies”. The demonstration is due to take place on Sunday, 31 March at 12:00PM. The organisers “call upon all concerned Estonians …

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US Air Force B-52s conduct missions across Europe, including Estonia

Four US Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses conducted flights from RAF Fairford, the UK, to several places in Europe on 18 March, including to the Norwegian Sea, the Baltic Sea and Estonia, and the Mediterranean Sea and Greece. In Estonia, a B-52 conducted training with NATO Joint Terminal Attack Controllers on …

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A grassroots movement against the far-right takes hold in Estonia

A grassroots movement against the far-right populism has taken hold in Estonia in the social media; its dedicated Facebook page, Kõigi Eesti, gathered over 15,000 likes in its first day. The Kõigi Eesti (#kõigieesti #общаяэстония #myestoniatoo) movement was started by residents of Estonia from all walks of life and from …

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Estonia’s foreign intelligence: Russia the main external threat

According to the annual report of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service, the main external threat to Estonia is Russia and its behaviour. “The main external security threat for Estonia arises from Russia’s behaviour, which undermines the international order,” the 2019 annual report says. “Russia conducts its foreign policy by demonstrating …

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Estonian youths in the Netherlands protest against coalition talks with far-right EKRE

The Estonian youngsters in the Netherlands arranged a protest against the ongoing coalition talks with the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE). The youths gathered in front of the Estonian embassy in the Hague on Sunday, 17 March, to express their objection to the inclusion of the EKRE party in …

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European liberals’ leader urges the Estonian PM not to ally with the far right

The leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Guy Verhofstadt, is urging the Estonian prime minister, Jüri Ratas, not to form a coalition with the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party, EKRE. Verhofstadt, the leader of the the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, that the Jüri …

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Estonia concludes the investigation to the accidental air-to-air missile firing

Estonia has concluded its investigation to the AMRAAM air-to-air missile launched by a Spanish NATO Baltic Air Policing aircraft on 7 August 2018 in the course of the air exercise in the Estonian air space. The investigation found the missile was accidentally fired as a result of the pilot’s failure …

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Estonia awards 600 British troops for their service

Estonia awarded mission medals to nearly 600 British troops from the Yorkshire regiment, currently serving with the NATO enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia, for their excellent service with the battle group stationed in Tapa. The Estonian minister of defence, Jüri Luik, thanked the soldiers from the Yorkshire regiment, who will …

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UK to deploy deadly Apache helicopters in Estonia

The UK defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has announced that the British Army’s Wildcat and Apache helicopters will be deployed in Estonia in 2019. Williamson made the announcement at a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels. The British Army aircraft will provide aviation training opportunities to NATO allies during Estonia’s …

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