Estonian politics

Taavet Hinrikus.

TransferWise cofounder: the new government’s damage to Estonia’s reputation is disastrous

Taavet Hinrikus, one of the founders of TransferWise, the most successful Estonian-founded startup, said in an interview that Estonia’s new populist and far-right government has caused immeasurable damage to the country’s reputation.  In an interview given to Estonian daily newspaper, Postimees, Taavet Hinrikus – a cofounder of the London-based money …

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Embarrassment for Estonia as the new IT and foreign trade minister refuses to speak in English on foreign visits

Yet another fiasco has hit the new Estonian populist and far-right government as Kert Kingo, the new minister of foreign trade and information technology, insists speaking in Estonian on foreign trips, using an interpreter instead. Kingo, appointed to the ministerial post by far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), is scheduled …

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Estonian government-affiliated website calls for denying entry to a former president

A website that is affiliated with the Estonian government member, the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party, is calling for denying entry to the country to the former president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. The website, called “Uued Uudised” (“New News” in English), is known to publish far-right content and opinion …

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Sten Hankewitz: When party politics dictates your values, you have none

When your political party’s decisions – however vile or stupid – dictate your values, you really have none; you’re only loyal to your party, not to any values, views or positions, the deputy editor-in-chief of Estonian World, Sten Hankewitz, writes. There’s an interesting phenomenon going on in the political world …

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WATCH: Estonian EU parliament candidates explain what they stand for

Organised by the Open Estonia Foundation, Estonishing Evenings and Estonian World, seven major Estonian candidates running for the European Parliament debated in English the future of Europe at the Tallinn Club of Different Rooms on 6 May; watch the candidates explaining what they stand for in Europe. The European Parliament …

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Estonian grassroots movement Kõigi Eesti: freedoms might already be at risk

The Kõigi Eesti grassroots movement that was started in March out of concern about the recent developments in the Estonian politics, on Sunday issued a strong statement, influenced by the historical events and quoting a legendary writer, in the face of public threats and intimidation by the far-right Estonian Conservative …

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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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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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A concert organised by Estonian grassroots movement Kõigi Eesti reaches over 80,000 people

The Kõigi Eesti grassroots movement that was started in March out of concern about the recent developments in the Estonian politics, stepped out of the social media by organising a free concert in the Estonian capital on 14 April – which over 10,000 people attended and over 70,000 watched it …

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Kersti Kaljulaid at the opening of the 14th Riigikogu. Photo by Erik Peinar.

Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid: We have a crisis of values

In a speech given at the opening session of the XIV Riigikogu (the Estonian parliament), President Kersti Kaljulaid said that if we allow our freedoms and values to be attacked – an indirect reference to the rhetoric used by EKRE party leaders – then our democracy will also soon be …

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