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Estonia wants to develop an EU defence policy during its presidency

Estonia wants to assist the European Union in developing its defence policy during its presidency of the council of the EU that began on 1 July. The Estonian minister of defence, Jüri Luik, said in a meeting with the EU’s High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini, …

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The Estonian presidency of the council of the EU begins – what does it entail?

On Saturday, 1 July 2017, Estonia takes upon its shoulders the presidency of the council of the European Union – a rotating presidency every member of the EU holds for six months at a time. This means that for the next six months, Estonia will be responsible for defining the …

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EU leaders ask for highest-level talks on the digital policy

Seventeen leaders of the European Union countries have sent an open letter to the European Council president, Donald Tusk, asking him for highest-level talks on the EU digital policy, saying that the main challenges to fully embrace the opportunities of digitisation are still ahead. The letter, which was sent to …

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Riina Kionka at her desk in Brussels. © European Union

Riina Kionka – the most influential Estonian official in the EU, and a diplomat by accident

Riina Kionka is the chief foreign policy advisor to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, making her the most influential official of Estonian nationality in the European Union – somewhat ironically, as she became a diplomat by an accident and actually didn’t believe almost until the last minute …

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Ideals are defining the attitudes of people in Europe – Kersti Kaljulaid

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, addressed the State of the Union Conference 2017 in Florence, Italy, on 5 May 2017, speaking about the future of Europe and the impending Estonian presidency of the EU Council. Estonian World publishes Kaljulaid’s speech in a slightly shortened and edited form. I am honoured …

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Foreign minister Mikser: the US commitment is crucial for Estonia

The continued dedication of the United States to its commitments as an ally is crucial for Estonia, the country’s foreign minister, Sven Mikser, said in his annual address to the parliament. Estonian World publishes an excerpt of the minister’s speech. The alliance between Europe and Northern America has been the …

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Estonia one of two European NATO members to reach the 2% defence spending target

In 2016, Estonia and Greece were the only NATO members in the European Union to reach the two per cent defence spending target, all other alliance members fell short of the goal. According to the UK-based think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Greece spent 2.4% and Estonia 2.2% …

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Estonian intelligence: Russia’s behaviour scares other European countries

Russia’s unpredictable and aggressive behaviour has made other countries in Europe fearful for their security, the Estonian Information Board – the country’s foreign intelligence agency – says in its annual report. In its second annual report, “Internal Security and Estonia 2017”, the Information Board says Russia poses a threat to …

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