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Eastern Europeans want to retire earlier than Western Europeans

The retirement age could be raised in all European Union member states, but Eastern and Western Europeans are not on the same page on this – as Estonian sociologist Ave Roots has found out. The European Union would like to reach the point where three-quarters of all people of working age …

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The Tallinn Declaration promises a digital future for Europeans

By signing the Tallinn Declaration, all member states of the European Union agree on common goals for e-government development over the next five years, providing direction for both national and pan-European innovation. While Estonia holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2017, the …

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The US to allocate USD5 million for radar equipment on the Estonian-Russian border

The United States will allocate USD5 million to support the construction of radar systems at the Estonian-Russian border to improve the frontier’s electronic surveillance. Andres Anvelt, the Estonian minister of the interior, said the construction of the country’s eastern border is important to Estonia, the European Union and NATO. “Therefore …

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Why is it important to foster the rapid growth of innovative transport startups?

The Estonian politician and MP, Kalle Palling (Reform Party), explains why it is important to foster the development of innovative transportation companies that transform public transport and logistics. In less than one month, Estonia will pass a law that will transform the transport sector and help improve the environmental dimension …

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EU’s silence over Spanish brutal force in Catalonia undermines Europe’s credibility

The European Union’s unwillingness to condemn the violence by the Spanish police during the Catalonian referendum undermines the very set of values the union is based upon. On 1 October, the world was shocked to discover that excessive use of police force against peaceful citizens is not just confined to …

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The power of asking “what if?”: five ways to encourage innovation in Europe – Taavet Hinrikus

Taavet Hinrikus, a co-founder of the Estonian startup, TransferWise, proposed five ways to encourage innovation in Europe in a speech at the EU informal meeting of ministers responsible for competitiveness in Tallinn, Estonia, on 25 July 2017. I’m here to give you the view from on the ground as a …

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Estonia joins the new European centre countering hybrid threats

Estonia has joined the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats – three months after the centre was established in Helsinki and following a domestic criticism of missing out. The main activity of the centre, which will commence its work in the second half of 2017, is developing strategic …

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