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Estonian novel suitcase company makes its way to Germany

The Estonian startup, Playluggage, that produces suitcases equipped with board games, has found a new market in Germany. As the company is focussing on external markets, its sales managers, Leila Tamm and Martin Rungi, had travelled to Cologne, Germany, with nine suitcases in order to introduce their products to the …

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Estonian delivery startup Starship and Mercedes-Benz team up to develop ‘Robovans’

The Estonian delivery startup, Starship Technologies, and the world-famous car maker, Mercedes-Benz, have formed a partnership to develop “Robovans”, a transportation system that entails vans filled with delivery robots that autonomously deliver packages in neighbourhoods. According to Starship, the semi-autonomous transportation system will see MB Sprinter vans act as “motherships”, …

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France and Germany take over protecting the Baltic skies

France and Germany took over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission from Portugal and the United Kingdom on 31 August. France will lead the mission until the end of the year, with four Mirage jets based at Šiauliai airbase in Lithuania, while Germany will provide four Eurofighter Typhoon that will fly …

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Angela Merkel becomes Estonian e-resident

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, was presented with an Estonian e-residency card during her two-day visit to Tallinn. Germany and Estonia have become formidable allies in recent years. Estonia has supported many European policies of Merkel’s cabinet and Germany, on the other hand, is more sympathetic than before, when it …

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Sounds emanating love – the story of Arvo Pärt

Estonians are proud of Pärt because he is a world-famous Estonian. Fame creates respect. But when we look more closely, his compositions address everyone, attempting to appeal to that shared aspect of human kind which rises above nationality, skin colour and culture. It is as if the music wishes to …

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German jets take to Estonian skies to protect the Baltics

Germany will be taking over the responsibility of supporting the Baltic Air Policing mission from Ämari Air Base in Estonia. From September until end of the year, up to six Luftwaffe Eurofighter Typhoon jets will patrol the skies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, in coordination with NATO fighter jets already …

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Global Estonians: filmmaker Katrin Laur (Cologne, Germany)

For the “Global Estonians” feature, we have usually interviewed people who have left Estonia in the last 10-15 years, after the country regained independence and the “iron curtain” was lifted. Katrin Laur is an exception – she’s among the relatively few who managed to leave the then-Soviet Estonia in 1982. …

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Ahto Lobjakas: Estonia’s betrayal of Omar, the Pashtun interpreter

In rejecting the asylum plea of Omar, an interpreter who worked with Estonian troops in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, the Estonian government this week thumbed its nose at pretty much everything that’s been going for it in recent history. Admittedly, it may have thought itself in good company after …

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