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President Ilves to the European Parliament: don’t cede to the populists

The Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, addressed the European Parliament on 2 February, speaking about the refugee crisis, Russian aggression, the EU’s competitiveness and its place in the digital world, and the rise of populist movements in Europe. Estonian World brings you a slightly shortened version of Ilves’s speech. Ten …

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Andrus Ansip: Building a digital single market for Europe

My aim is to make sure that Europe, its citizens and businesses, get the best of the online world in the safest and most open environment possible. Openness and opportunity: not obstacles. By Andrus Ansip, VP of the European Commission for the digital single market. Published in collaboration with Life in …

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Editorial: It is time for Estonia to pass the Civil Partnership Act – UPDATED!

On Thursday, the Estonian parliament, Riigikogu, is to vote on the Civil Partnership Bill that would grant same-sex couples rights and responsibilities similar to a marriage between a heterosexual couple. By passing this law, Estonia would become the first former Soviet republic to do so, and take another step towards …

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Protocols confirm Estonian border violation by Russia

The Estonian Police and Boarder Guard on Wednesday published the protocol that confirms a border violation by Russia during the abduction of the Estonian security officer Eston Kohver on 5 September. In the protocol, both Estonian and Russian border guards confirm the border violation took place on the Estonian side. Estonia …

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Estonian candidates for the European Parliament: Marianne Mikko (Social Democrats)

This week, in a run-up to the European Parliament election on 25 May, we interview one candidate from each major party in Estonia. Our last interview is with Marianne Mikko, one of the candidates from the Social Democratic Party and currently a member of the Estonian Parliament.   Have you ever …

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Estonian candidates for the European Parliament: Kaja Kallas (Reform Party)

This week, in a run-up to the European Parliament election on 25 May, we interview one candidate from each major party in Estonia. Our second interview is with Kaja Kallas, one of the candidates from the Reform Party and currently the Chair of Economic Affairs Committee in the Estonian parliament. I …

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Estonian candidates for the European Parliament: Yoko Alender (IRL)

This week, in a run-up to the European Parliament election on 25 May, we interview one candidate from each major party in Estonia. Our first interview is with Tallinn-based architect Yoko Alender, one of the candidates from IRL. I Have you ever lived outside Estonia before? If so, for how long …

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Adam Garrie: There is no freedom without freedom of movement

British prime minister David Cameron recently caused a furore when suggesting that in future, the immigration from poorer EU countries to the UK should be restricted, thus undermining and ignoring one of the fundamental EU principles – the free movement of workers. David Cameron also described the immigration from A8 (including Estonia) countries …

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Estonian MEP Indrek Tarand: We need innovation and idealism, not institutionalism

Indrek Tarand is an Estonian politician and a member of the European Parliament. Born into a politically and socially active family (his father Andres Tarand served as Prime Minister of Estonia in 1994-95 and his mother Mari Tarand is a well-known linguist), Tarand studied history at the University of Tartu and as a student …

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