Estonian president: Ukraine should decide its own future
Ukraine should be able to decide its own future, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said at her meeting with the Ukrainian head of state, Petro Poroshenko, in Tallinn on Monday.
McCain: US-Baltic relations are more important than they have been for a long time
The relationship between the U.S. and the Baltic countries is perhaps more important that it has been in a long time, U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Tuesday in Tallinn.
Estonia affirms continued support to Georgia's EU, NATO course
Estonia continues to support Georgia's integration with the European Union and NATO, the Foreign Ministry's political director Paul Teesalu said at consultations between Georgian and Estonian Foreign Ministries in Tallinn on Wednesday.
Ratas: Estonian Center Party's agreement with United Russia is non-active
According to Juri Ratas, chairman of Estonia's Center Party which on Wednesday launched consultations to set up a new government, his party's cooperation agreement with Russia's ruling party United Russia is not active.
Estonian criminals crossing borders
Even though Estonia is not internationally infamous for its criminals, nor do criminals from other countries like to come to Estonia, statistics shows the number of criminals whose apprehension requires international cooperation is on the rise.
30.09.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Russian formin hopes for constructive cooperation with Estonia's new formin
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov congratulated Jurgen Ligi on being appointed Estonia's new foreign minister and expressed hope for constructive cooperation in promoting bilateral relations, the Russian embassy in Tallinn said.
Three parties invite Allar Jõks for a cup of coffee
Yesterday, representatives of Centre, the Free and IRL met presidential candidate Allar Jõks in Hotel Palace, Tallinn. The meeting featuring Jaanus Karilaid and Kadri Simson (Centre), Andres Ammas and Andres Herkel (Free) and Margus Tsahkna (IRL) happened at initiative of Centre faction at Riigikogu.
Tiit Vähi: anti-Russia torch of war damaging to business
Estonia ought to alter current course and support removal of anti-Russia economic sanctions imposed after annexation of Crimea says former prime minister turned transit businessman Tiit Vähi.
04.07.2016, Andres ReimerPM
So an Estonian enterprise up and establishes headquarters on Mauritius
Barely a day after innovation minister from faraway Mauritius challenged Estonian enterprises to come let's take African IT market together, the first firm decides to place its regional headquarters on the tiny island.
03.06.2016, Aivar PauPM
Six allies to send company-sized units to Estonia's Spring Storm exercise
More than 1,000 allied soldiers are to take part in Estonia's annual Spring Storm military exercise in May this year and six countries intend to take part with a company-sized unit.
Iran is interested in Estonia
The first ever Estonian politician to officially visit Iran, foreign minister Marina Kaljurand was soon to experience a plague of the exhaust-smoky Tehran streets called traffic jam.
11.04.2016, Kadri VeermäePM
Estonia to regulate Uber and Taxify ride-sharers
This week, Riigikogu deliberates a bill to regulate the ride-sharing service in use in Estonia for nearly a year (Uber, Taxify, Hopp and Wisemile) by imposing rules of agreed transport.
15.02.2016, Aivar PauPM
Centre sees potential benefits in cooperation with party of Putin
Earlier, Centre Party has repeatedly promised to vote over continued cooperation with United Russia. At its assembly this Saturday, they did not. The issue was indeed up for discussion, but vice chairman Jaanus Karilaidwho formerly wished the cooperation would cease is now of the opinion that they might try withing the treaty to seek something useful for Estonia.
15.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian defmin believes Finland would help Estonia with military power, if necessary
Estonian Defense Minister Hannes Hanso believes that Finland will help Estonia with military power, if necessary, Finnish media group Lannen Media reported on Wednesday.
Incoming helmsman believes Port of Tallinn not steeped in corruption
To boost competitiveness, the port and Estonian Railways will need to operate as a cluster or holding corporation says Valdo Kalm yesterday elected as Port of Tallinn CEO.
15.01.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: with NATO, or without?
These past years, Russia has not shown itself the trustworthiest of neighbours. As a result, the nations near it are seeking additional guarantees of security.
Indian IT giant to hire half hundred Estonians
Yesterday, Indian enterprise HCL Technologies of $6bn in turnover opened regional centre in Tallinn to offer IT services to entire Europe. Of the hundred-some staff, half will be hired form Estonia.
04.12.2015, Aivar PauPM
The random use of EU money
Over these past seven years, Estonia's parishes and towns have received €4bn of European Union funding while equality of counties remains elusive.
01.12.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: the clear red line
The Syrian civil war and Russia's involvement in it have come to a complex stage where, due to variety of options, the further development is difficult to see as additionally muddied by Turkey downing a Russian jet on Syrian border yesterday with one pilot dead. The only thing clear is the line the Turks drew: with warning ignored, action follows.
Editorial: Europe headed towards collective defence
Right after the tragic Friday, it was obvious that France was not going to be left alone in fighting ISIS. Meanwhile, the way military assistance is being provided sets a presedence and may lead towards improved defence cooperation in European Union.
Finnish professor: Putin is seeking cooperation
Last week featured a lecture at University of Tartu by Tuomas Forsberg, international politics lecturer at Tampere University and a leading Russian expert in Finland, who says the West was overly optimistic regarding Vladimir Putin at the beginning of last decade, but extremely pessimistic now.
06.11.2015, Nils NiitraPM
The ranting dads and the rattled kids on the fields
«Get the game!», «Boil the umpire!», «Pass better!», «Strike stronger!». A late afternoon at sports arena. The kids are playing football, «green» against «yellow». All are having fun and trying their very best. At times, they flop pretty bad which for beginners is pardonable. Flanking the field, coaches of both teams are encouraging the guys to enjoy the game. At the other edge.. we quoted them above, a bit. In the conflict of educational philosophies, who loses is the child. What did he do wrong? Nothing.
22.10.2015, Kaarel TällPM
Estonia can count on US support - Dempsey
Estonia can count on U.S. military support, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey reaffirmed on Tuesday.
University of Tartu seeks to swallow three institutes
Despite the sleepiness of summer, employees at the Institute of the Estonian Language (EKI) are deeply disturbed that their institution – a bastion to defend and develop the native tongue – is in danger of takeover by University of Tartu (TÜ) as approved by the very Ministry of Education and Research.
05.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Finland and Estonia on joint X-Road starting November
According to agreement signed some weeks ago, Estonia and Finland will be the first two nations in Europe to develop a joint data exchange platform to make digital services mutually accessible for inhabitants.
17.07.2015, Aivar PauPM
Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand: I believe in cooperation and inclusion
In interview below, Estonia's freshly appointed foreign minister Marina Kaljurand says she values broad based foreign policy and counts on her earlier experience in foreign service.
16.07.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Soros: A Partnership with China to Avoid World War
To avoid a third world war and a Russian threat, the US should aim for a partnership with China, advises financier and philanthropist George Soros in an essay published in the New York Review of Books.
Latvia, Estonia to coordinate military procurements
Estonia and Latvia plan to make coordinated military procurements in the future, Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said at a joint press conference with Estonian counterpart Taavi Roivas.
Editorial: Finland changing course
Today’s Postimees features an opinion article by Finnish journalist Jarmo Mäkelä casting some light on changes weighty in the context of the fast-approaching general elections in Finland, yet unnoticed by the public. Turns out, a greater than expected agreement has emerged among leading Finnish politicians regarding defence policy – including the issue of drawing nearer to NATO.
Nordic cos reach agreement on tightening cooperation, including with Baltics
The Nordic countries have agreed to tighten cooperation, including with the Baltic countries, the Norwegian daily Aftenposten reports.
US fighter jets destroy ground targets at Estonia's central training ground
U.S. F-16 fighter jets fired at ground targets during a joint training exercise of the air forces of Estonia and the United States at the Estonian defense forces' central training ground Wednesday.
Estonia signs European Space Agency accession agreement
Estonia's minister of foreign trade and entrepreneurship, Anne Sulling, and the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jean-Jacques Dordain, on Wednesday signed Estonia's accession agreement with ESA in Paris.
Estonia to send EUR 120,000 in humanitarian aid to Ukraine this week
Estonia is about to send humanitarian aid worth more than 120,000 euros, including generators, sleeping bags, camp beds and hospital beds to Ukraine this week.
US extends Finland invitation to joint air exercise in Estonia
The United States has extended an official written invitation to Finland to participate in joint air force exercises in Estonia, the U.S. Embassy in Finland confirmed to Finland's STT news agency late on Wednesday evening.
Estonia to pull out of Baltic mine countermeasures squadron
The government on Thursday gave the nod to Estonia's withdrawal from the Baltic mine countermeasures unit BALTRON.
Editorial: taking the state by the horns
Yesterday, Estonian Cooperation Assembly revealed its ideas on reforming the state. A weighty event. Why?
Russian border guard quits cooperation with Estonia
At the beginning of November, former Border Guard Board director-general Vice-Admiral Tarmo Kõuts and University of professor emeritus Ülo Vooglaid handed the Riigikogu a collective address to restore standalone Border Guard. According to interior minister Hanno Pevkur (Reform Party), the idea ought to at least be discussed.
12.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonians in Swedish training for dire disorder
Thus says the training scenario: in South-East Sweden, a country called Bogaland has been declared. In Bogaland – no European values....
10.11.2014, Oliver KundPM
Financing Estonia: Norwegian and Swiss aid not forever?
Thus far, Switzerland and Norway have supported Estonia with dozens of millions of euros. In all likelihood, Swiss grants are hanging on a referendum.
10.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Jüri Ratas hoping for coalition with soc dems
Yesterday was Disappointment Day for negotiators among reformer-squirrels and soc dems as Riigikogu Vice President Jüri Ratas opted to say in native Centre Party – one filled with «energy, eagerness and enthusiasm».
17.10.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Robert Wilson: Pärt is a dream
Art is remembered 5,000 years from now, says the maestro while in Estonia.
04.09.2014, Janar AlaPM
The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global Partners
President Obama met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Estonian Prime Minister Tavi Roivas in Tallinn, Estonia on September 3. The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and Estonia, which are rooted in our shared values, ideals, and interests.
04.09.2014, The White House, Office of the Press SecretaryPM
Symbolic meeting of best friends
Having touched down in Tallinn, at dawn yesterday, the US President Barack Obama was moving about a tiny area of the city – between the Kadriorg park and city centre.
03.09.2014, Oliver KundPM
Estonia to establish digital embassies
While cyber-defence strategy was being created, a plan emerged to create backup of data and services vital for the state to function – in servers located in friendly countries.
27.08.2014, Kalev AasmäePM
IT-helper, for faster fire-fighting
«I was on duty as the Kangadžungel store caught fire, and thanks to the new system I found the Kunderi Street water hydrant,» said Ramon Ruotsi, senior operational officer at Northern Rescue Centre. Mr Ruotsi went on to explain that only the rare few hydrants stick out in the street, most being buried under it.
14.08.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Doping committee «disturbed by behaviour of the accused»
At long last, the report by a committee investigating activities of former Tartu sports physician Vitali Bernatski, allegedly a mediator of doping substances, came public yesterday. As expected, no-one’s guilt or innocence is directly proven therein. For the next steps, the ball was now thrown to Estonian Olympic Committee.
08.08.2014, Peep PahvPM
Battle joined to jerk Savisaar
Throughout his term, mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar has been enjoying almost opposition-free rule. Now, however, the three «powerless» parties have joined forces and Stage One to remove Mr Savisaar is on.
12.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Another security system applied to Gulf of Finland
ENSI-system will keep keen eye on oil tankers. If these get off course, it’ll ring bell.
10.06.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: a $1bn pacifier
On Tuesday, the US President Barack Obama arrived in Poland with one billion dollars worth of measures to cement security of Central and Eastern Europe. The plan named European Reassurance Initiative might be interpreted as an initiative to pacify Europe or to restore its trust – and, doubtless, the step carries weight in helping us, in our corner of the world, to feel somewhat more serene towards the unpredictable Russia.
Paet: Estonia and the U.S. are strong allies
At his meeting in Washington with the United States Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that communication between Estonia and the United States has been particularly active over the past few months and today's meeting proves this once again.
Ilves congratulates Lithuanian counterpart on presidential election win
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves forwarded his congratulations to Dalia Grybauskaitė yesterday upon her re-election as president of Lithuania.
Ilves discusses future of digital society with IT entrepreneurs in California
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who is currently on a working visit to the Unites States, has met with the directors of Microsoft and a number of other global IT companies in Silicon Valley to discuss the future of e-governance and e-services.
Jean-Claude Juncker: Ukrainian Lessons
The challenge the Ukrainian crisis poses to the European Union's foreign and security policy can be precisely measured: 50 metres - the distance between the Justus Lipsius building where the heads of EU governments hold their regular summits, and the Berlaymont headquarters of the European Commission just across the road.
15.05.2014, Jean-Claude JunckerPM
USA longing for arrival of other allies in Baltics
James J. Townsend, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for European and NATO Policy, notes that American diplomats covering the area have been a lot busier that they knew to expect just some three-four months ago.
25.04.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Allies discuss defence of Eastern Europe
NATO halted practical cooperation with Russia and is striving towards increased security of its easternmost members.
02.04.2014, Liisa TagelPM
Centre Party parliamentarian says stop cooperation with United Russia
In an open letter to leaders of Centre Party where she belongs, Olga Sõtnik asks for end to cooperation with the Russian power party, United Russia.
Lithuania applying brakes on Rail Baltic
From the recent tone of the Estonian-Latvian-Lithuanian talks regarding the Rail Baltic joint company, one does get the impression that the latter doesn’t actually want the railway at all. In a veiled way, this is also what Kaido Simmerman – former Estonian Railways’ head and now chief engineer at Latvian Railways – said when in Tallinn on Tuesday: while Estonia and Latvia sit in the same boat regarding the project, Lithuania takes the totally opposite stand in almost all aspects.
19.12.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Editorial: Little Successful Brother
Estonian-Finnish cooperation could inspire rest of Europe.
Ilves holds up Rail Baltic as example to Baltic cooperation
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves held up the joint venture for the Rail Baltic project as an example to Baltic cooperation, calling the high-speed railway link a vital connection for the region.
Baltic Sea countries' joint resolution stresses need for close cooperation
Participants in the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference adopted on Tuesday a resolution aimed at improving cooperation among countries of the region to promote economic growth, innovation, green growth, energy efficiency and creative entrepreneurship.
Baltic Sea countries' cooperation needs to be intensified - Ergma
The countries around the Baltic Sea need to work more efficiently together to become a unified economic engine, Speaker of the Estonian parliament Ene Ergma said in her opening remarks at the annual Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference the overarching theme of which is «Sustainable Innovation for a Competitive Region.»
Estonia, France to step up cyber defense cooperation
Deputy secretary general of the Estonian Defense Ministry Taimar Peterkop and the head of the French General Staff's Cyber Defense Unit, Rear Adm. Arnaud Coustilliere, have agreed to intensify cyber defense cooperation.