Toomas Hendrik Ilves

President Ilves calls young Estonian expats to serve in the military

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves who arrived for the opening week of the UN 69th General Assembly, held a reception on Sunday night with the Estonian Consulate and the New York Estonian Educational Society in the New York Estonian House to acknowledge the local Estonian community, where he called upon …

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President Ilves: “No such thing as a free app”

President Ilves today addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security in the UK House of Commons, upon the invitation of its treasurer, James Morris MP. The key theme of the President’s remarks was identity and, more specifically, who should be responsible for securing and guaranteeing it in society. He …

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Estonia’s euro advice for Latvia (video interview with President Ilves)

Latvia hopes to become the 18th EU member state to join the eurozone. Estonia became the 17th in 2011. The Financial Times’ Nordic and Baltic correspondent Richard Milne spoke to the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, about Estonia’s experience in the eurozone and his advice to Latvia.   I …

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Tallinn Music Week helps Estonia to punch above its weight again (video)

Tallinn Music Week is a 3-day music industry conference and one of the biggest indoor festivals in the Baltic region that started out in 2009. The mission of the festival, taking place for the fifth time this year, is to raise the reputation of Estonian music, to enhance the international …

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President Ilves: Estonia is like a wild strawberry

By Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, on the 95th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in Tallinn, 24 February 2013. Today, on the 95th anniversary of Estonia, the thought of independence has, once again, become natural. It neither requires interpretation nor explanation because it is a basic truth. Just …

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Charter 12 – Estonia’s stab at direct democracy

After Iceland, Estonia is the second European country to engage in a radically novel democratic experiment. Against growing contempt for out of touch political elites, Estonian civil society is betting on crowdsourced constitutional reform. Charter 12 is an Estonian citizens’ initiative, signed by seventeen prominent public figures (mostly academics and …

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The story behind “Kati and me” – adventure, friendship and meeting Canadian Estonians

Reelika Virunurm explores the story behind “Kati and me” – how an Estonian girl called “Kati” prompted a Canadian couple to visit Estonia, fall in love with the country, and make a short film about it – the film which has become an internet sensation in last few weeks. It …

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Estonian President Ilves: Citizens themselves should determine organisation of the EU in future

The European Union needs a new Convention of the Future of Europe, whereby the member states, meaning its citizens, can adopt decisions regarding the organisation of the future Europe, said President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Giuliano Amato, former prime minister of Italy, at a discussion …

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