Brexit to deliver a blow to EU budget
Director General of the European Commission's Department for Regional and Urban Policy Marc Lemaitre says, when talking about the future of structural funds, that Estonia has been one of the main beneficiaries of EU subsidies since joining the union. However, Estonia should be prepared for new circumstances from 2020.
11.05.2017, Siiri LiivaPM
The biggest risk is not taking risks
Owner of LHV bank Rain Lõhmus says that one needs to always take risks and keep in mind that every venture cannot succeed. The bank is set to continue its expansion in Estonia after its first year on the stock market. Lõhmus referred to the climb of LHV's stock price since May of last year as having exceeded expectations.
29.03.2017, Kristi MalmbergPM
UK wants EU to be strong also after Brexit - minister
The United Kingdom wishes the European Union to remain strong also after the UK has exited the union, and it continues to be interested in the contribution of talented Europeans to the UK economy, the country's minister for exiting the EU said in Tallinn on Monday.
Leading pharmaceutical company looking toward Lithuania
Estonia's largest pharmaceuticals manufacturer, generic veterinary drug maker Interchemie, has been fighting the State Agency of Medicines over sales permits for a long time and has now turned its gaze toward Lithuania.
07.02.2017, Adele JohansonE24
Huvirühm: Londonist kolitakse Frankfurti vähemalt 10 000 finantstöötajat
Huvirühma Frankfurt Main Finance tegevjuht Hubertus Väth ütles Londonis toimunud ärikonverentsil, et juba lähinädalatel alustab Briti finantstööstus vähemalt 10 000 töötaja Frankfurti ümber kolimist, kirjutab Bloomberg.
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.
We could have a Tartu-Riga train tomorrow
Former chief engineer of Latvian Railways, Rail Baltic consultant Kaido Zimmermann explains why we need a fast European railway through Pärnu, while bringing in Tartu would make everything more difficult.
15.12.2016, Andres ReimerE24
Saksamaa ettevõtted näevad Venemaas suurt potentsiaali (1)
Saksamaa ettevõtted on Trumpi valimisvõidust innustatuna ning sanktsioonidest häirimatuna hakanud jälle Venemaale suurinvesteeringuid tegema, kirjutab Wall Street Journal.
Estonia's e-residents have set up more than 1,000 companies
In the first two year's of the e-residency project, which provides foreigners with the opportunity to set up companies in Estonia and use other e-state services, Estonia has already 15,000 e-residents who have created more than 1,000 enterprises in Estonia.
Estonian, German heads of state talk about bilateral relations in Berlin
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and her German counterpart Joachim Gauck discussed the two countries' relations, the future of the European Union and the European security situation at a meeting in Berlin on Friday, spokespeople for the Estonian president said.
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.
Lithuanian railroad's stalling tactics threat to Rail Baltic
Lithuania's national rail company did not sign the common procurements agreement of Rail Baltic partners the latter were scheduled to showcase yesterday, undermining the project's credibility first and foremost in the eyes of primary investor, the European Union.
06.10.2016, Andres ReimerE24
Endine Rootsi ombudsman liitub Eesti advokaadibürooga
Rootsi endine ombudsman ehk õiguskantsler ning pikaaegne Euroopa Inimõiguste Kohtu kohtunik, Elisabet Fura, liitub Eesti advokaadibürooga Raidla Ellex ja asub tööle nõunikuna.
Editorial: Estonians up in arms
Estonia has above 27,000 weapons owners in possession of some 68,000 hunting, sports and self defence guns. Initial applications for permits are sharply up this year with six month figures exceeding 2012 and nearly equaling 2013 totals. The reasons vary from the EU trend towards toughening gun laws to the added sense of security.
Estonia shines on as top diligent EU rule keeper
At least in the conscience of Estonians, the perception of us being among the best examples of sticking to European Union's rules and principles has prevailed for quite a while. As again confirmed by the European Commission's fresh report published today.
01.08.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Brexit throws Estonia towards hurried EU presidency
Late last night, Council of the European Union announced its decision to move Estonia's presidency to an earlier term by half a year i.e. for the fall of 2017. At Government Office secretariat responsible for the presidency, work towards that end is in full swing. What, for us, will be the difference?
27.07.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Entrepreneurs unsupportive of proposal by Vähi
Responding to call by former prime minister Tiit Vähi to improve (business) relations with Russia, entrepreneurs showed understanding while, unlike the Poet of Sillamäe owner, they support troops of NATO in Estonia.
05.07.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Foreign minister of Ukraine stresses need for greater European support
With the return of Nadezhda Savtchenko a big win for Ukraine, there are other political prisoners in Russia, Crimea and Donbas who must be fought for said Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, talking to Postimees in Tallinn yesterday.
Ilmar Taska esitles oma raamatut Londoni uhkes raamatupoes
Waterstone’i Piccadilly suures ja esinduslikus raamatukaupluses esinesid 10. mai õhtul Ilmar Taska Eestist, Mara Zalite Lätist ja Paulina Pukyte Leedust. Neid kolme kirjanikku ühendab kogumik «Best European Fiction 2016».
13.05.2016, Ann AlariPM
To Bremain or to Brexit - An Irish Perspective
It is not simply a question that the British people are being requested to vote on, but, rather a collection of ideals. A European ideal that is based upon the pillars of inclusive democracy, human rights and a social compact. However, what they are voting upon is based upon a different perception and understanding of such.
09.05.2016, Kenneth AhernPM
New President smells like Reform or Centre
At presidential elections, EKRE has no advantage in potential post-Riigikogu run and instead of Reform, Centre's «Western wing» plays main role in sifting out the President, suggests a leading Reform cadre Kristen Michal.
02.05.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: European unity needed to solve migration crisis
At the moment, the European Union is faced with largest migration of nations since end of WW2. People are coming from various parts of the world and for various reasons.
Savisaar securing power by granting positions
Yesterday, Tallinn city council member Abdul Turay announced his exit from Soc Dems ranks while not excluding joining Centre Party at some point. Power possibly slipping, Edgar Savisaar seems to be offering jobs.
13.04.2016, Tuuli KochPM
How to seize a tonne of drugs
A few days ago our public was witness to scenes as from an action movie – in private clothing, policemen stop a car in Järvevana Road, Tallinn and pull out the driver. In the other video, Spanish authorities raid a house in Alicante and, finding a man half naked, have him bite the dust.
29.03.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: Europe's last chance
A EU summit in Brussels today bring together heads of states and governments with Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to discuss taming of the migration crisis. On Friday, Donald Tusk charged with chairing the summits told those participating: «We are closing the route across Western Balkans, the main route through which 880,000 migrants flowed into the European Union last year, and 128,000 during the first months of 2016.»
Estonian formin: Difficult to see NATO-Russia ties resuming after Munich
Relations between NATO and Russia being restored at the level of ambassadors is difficult to imagine after the remarks delivered by Russian representatives at the Munich security conference last week, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said on Wednesday.
Formin: United, strong EU is in Estonia's vital interest
It is in the vital interest of Estonia that the European Union was strong and united, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said in her foreign policy speech in parliament on Thursday.
Estonian president calls on Europe to deal with challenges together
In his speech before a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called on Europe to deal with difficulties together and not yield to attempts to break the European Union.
Editorial: Estonians. Pro-Europe, but troubled
Are the people in Estonia pleased with the EU? On the one hand, the satisfaction with belonging is still high and our folks feel Europeans, EU citizens. On the other hand, they are worried about what's happening in Europe, especially with what isn't immediately seen in Estonia (immigration crisis, terrorism, the debt crisis of member states) and those who don't think EU image is positive are far more numerous than in spring.
Euroscepticism up a bit
As evidenced in poll ordered by Government Office, for the first time since 2011 the satisfaction of Estonians with belonging to the European Union has shrunk.
29.12.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: the historical climate accord message
The agreement is born. Though worn out, the expression «historical achievement» is surely the phrase to be used regarding the document signed in France by 196 nations. After the various failures, French diplomatic skills have yielded a globally binding agreement aimed at mitigating climate change impact via CO2 curbs.
Card payment option made cheaper for small shop keepers
Decision by European Union to enforce ceiling to mediation fees from card transactions is good news to owners of small stores and businesses who are currently forced to hand the banks a significant sum on every card payment
07.12.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Foreign minister says Estonia not intending to claim compensation for damages by occupation
Estonia is not intending to claim compensation from Russia for damages by Soviet occupation, foreign minister Marina Kaljurand told Russian news agency Interfax this Sunday while commenting a memorandum of cooperation signed by justice ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regarding presenting such claim to Russia as legal successor to Soviet Union.
Estonia a candidate for satellite data platform
Estonia has interest and capacity to create Baltic Sea satellite data platform, said enterprise minister Liisa Oviir following an unofficial EU and European Space Agency ministers meeting in Brussels this Monday.
02.12.2015, 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
In Ukraine, society outperforms state
Inconsistent and unsystematic approach wherefore the society fails to function, sounds the straightforward verdict on Ukrainian development by double Olympic bronze medalist Jüri Tamm in his Kiev office. With compassion, though, as the man is a great patriot of the renewed Ukraine.
27.11.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Rõivas: I must tell the naked truth
In the nervous Europe, Estonia must not panic, not become uptight, but must take the situation as a challenge that the Estonian state is prepared for, says Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform).
19.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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.
Estonian PM says refugee crisis main topic for EU this year and in 2016
The main issue facing the European Union this year and apparently also in 2016, and an existential issue in several respects is how to solve the refugee crisis that has received a new impetus from the civil war in Syria, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said in his speech on the topic of the EU in parliament on Tuesday.
Editorial: is Schengen dead?
We're living in a world where virtual reality sometimes feels more real than life itself. When nations which have agreed to do away with internal borders restore border checks due to influx of refugees, can we speak about Schengen treaty still valid? True: it does allow border control in certain situations and we can still travel freely from Tallinn to Lisbon with ID-card only, so both de jure and de facto if feels business as usual. But... is it?
Jon Greenwald and Ilija Prachkovski: Macedonian Crisis could grow into another Balkans Tragedy
As summer was ending, Macedonia declared an emergency and temporarily closed its borders with Greece and Serbia. The small Balkan nation joined much of Europe in panicked, poorly considered, awkwardly implemented response to the asylum tragedy.
05.11.2015, Jon GreenwaldPM
Ivan Medynskyi: Global Security Governance and the Role of the United States
The discussion of global governance is intrinsically connected to the debate about the international order and distribution of power within it.
04.11.2015, Ivan MedynskyiPM
Lilian Darii: European Integration and Euro-Atlantic co-operation of the Republic of Moldova
The Republic of Moldova has reached the paramount of its co-operation with the European Union in June 2014. The historical moment took place in Vilnius, where the 28-nation union signed the Association Agreements with three Eastern Partnership nations – Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
04.11.2015, Lilian DariiPM
Edgars Rinkevics about the Rīga Conference 2015
With 2015 coming to an end, Latvia can look upon the year with pride and a sense of accomplishment. Having presided over the Council of the European Union for the first half of a trying year for the Union, the country of 2 million showed that great things can be achieved as long as one is willing to work hard and work together.
30.10.2015, Edgars RinkēvičsPM
European Parliament opts to abolish mobile roaming fees
European Parliament has decided to do away with mobile roaming charges in the European Union from June 15th 2017, and to cut them by four times as early as next spring.
28.10.2015, Aivar PauPM
Editorial: words no longer enough
In his «State of the Union» address yesterday, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker stressed humane, economic and security reasons while receiving refugees while bringing a broader message: if from words – talking about solidarity and values – we switch not over to deeds, the European Union is in danger and a part of European values with it.
Ministries swell with fresh vigour
Analysis by Chamber of Commerce and Industry says Estonia's public officialdom is resistant to thinning and if the numbers do come down at all, then on account of police patrols and firefighters. Meanwhile, the ministries keep on ballooning.
07.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian minister: Closing Schengen zone talked about in EU
There has been talk in the European Union of closing the Schengen zone due to the flow of immigrants, Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said on Friday on the Aktuaalne Kaamera newscast of the public broadcaster.
Mogherini to keep Kohver case current
Yesterday, Estonia hosted EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini who met with Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and foreign minister Marina Kaljurand. On top of that, Ms Mogherini talked to heads of Estonian foreign representations.
25.08.2015, Peeter RaudsikPM
Gunnar Okk: related specialties should be taught in one university
Tomorrow, Nordic Investment Bank vice president Gunnar Okk will address research and development committee chaired by Prime Minister to report on situation and options for higher education and research in Estonia. Employees at universities and research agencies are anxious to hear what the report will reveal. In interview underneath, Mr Okk will allow an initial peek.
24.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Crimean holidays have consequences
While it is not implicitly forbidden to travel to Crimea annexed by Russia, problems must still be considered after returning from its beaches.
04.08.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
Estonia under threat of forced aid to Greece
Though approved by Riigikogu's European Union Affairs Affairs Committee last Friday, financial aid for Greece within European Stability Mechanism (ESM) could just as well be forced upon us, say experts - and that in volumes prescribed by other members.
23.07.2015, Indrek MäePM
Estonia to accept 150 refugees from Mediterranean area in Phase 1
European Union interior ministers in their emergency meeting in Brussels on Monday endorsed a decision of the European Council aimed at helping 60,000 refugees and concluded an interim agreement under which Estonia will accept 150 refugees of the Mediterranean crisis in the first stage.
Tarmo Miilits named EUPOL deputy chief in Afghanistan
Tarmo Miilits, so far head of the police component of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan) has been appointed deputy head of EUPOL Afghanistan.
Strong dollar joins excise rise to make fuel dearer
While excise rise in pipeline threatens to add 23.5 cents to litre of retail fuel in five years, considerable extra price rise looms by potential rise in oil prices and strengthening of the dollar.
15.04.2015, Tõnis OjaPM
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.
World top elusive for Estonian e-brain
From the beginning of this year, Estonia is supposed to possess an e-brain i.e. a spot where all state agency data are machine-readable, in one place, and accessible to all. Not happening.
23.03.2015, Marian MänniPM
Half year since snatching of Eston Kohver – what has been done?
Today marks six months since Russian FSB kidnapped Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver from Estonia’s territory while on duty. Foreign ministry reports on what has been done to set Mr Kohver free and guarantee his wellbeing.
05.03.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
President Ilves: the garden of forking paths choose wisdom
The speech of president Toomas Hendrik Ilves on the 97th Anniversary of Estonian Independence 24 February 2015:
25.02.2015, Toomas Hendrik IlvesPM
Satire launched against Kremlin propaganda
A week ago, media project ARU TV hit the Internet aimed at offering news to Russian speakers in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltics while poking fun at Kremlin propaganda.
05.02.2015, Toomas RandloPM
EU competitiveness aid about to be atomised
The European Union gives close to €135m till 2020 to boost competitiveness of Estonia’s rural areas. However, the naggings and back room agreements among local governments may spray some of the money.
30.01.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian president calls Mariupol attack brutal crime
The terrorist attack by the Russian-supported separatists in Mariupol on Saturday morning, where dozens of civilians were killed by a rocket attack and even more were injured, is a despicable and brutal crime, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said on Sunday.
Editorial: expand the sanctions
Till last week but one, with a measure of confidence one may have predicted that the year ahead would see lively discussions within European Union about easing the sanctions set to keep Russia in check. By its behaviour last week, the Kremlin has done away with any arguments for the latter. By now, even those wilfully blind should see that the peace agreement isn’t being honoured – neither by the Kremlin, not by the separatists it backs.
MEP Paet: World cannot look on as situation in Ukraine escalates
Commenting on the attack on the Ukrainian port town Mariupol, member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet said the European Union and the rest of the democratic world cannot look on as the situation in Ukraine is escalating.
Estonia not in favor of restoring border controls in Schengen
Estonia does not back the idea of Spain to modify the Schengen treaty to allow border controls to be restored to limit the movements of Islamic fighters returning to Europe from the Middle East.
George Soros: there is an urgent need to reorient the current policies of the European Union toward Russia and Ukraine
There is an urgent need to reorient the current policies of the European Union toward Russia and Ukraine. I have been arguing for a two-pronged approach that balances the sanctions against Russia with assistance for Ukraine on a much larger scale.
08.01.2015, George SorosPM
Estonian formin: EU commissioner's warning to be taken seriously
Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn's warning that the Baltic states might soon be faced with flows of refugees from the southern neighborhood of the European Union should be taken seriously, Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said.
Support for euro, EU has grown in Estonia - survey
Estonians' support for the European Union and the common euro currency has risen and the percentage of firm supporters has grown, it appears from a fresh survey.
Estonia to build new headquarters for EU's IT agency for EUR 8.4 mln
The government on Thursday approved an agreement under which Estonia will build new headquarters for the European Union's IT agency in Tallinn at a cost of 8.4 million euros.
In two years, bank secrecy buried
From 2016 onwards it makes no sense to hide income by private accounts in Swiss banks of family funds in Liechtenstein – data thereof will be dropping straight into our Tax and Customs Board server.
27.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Human experiments with unknown substances
Since September, nine youth in Rakvere have been hospitalised having smoked the so-called synthetic cannabis aka spice. By now, Estonian Forensic Science Institute (EKEI) has established the psychoactive substance.
26.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Youth in Rakvere ravaged with drugs
Since September, Rakvere has seen nine young people hospitalised – probably by smoking synthetic cannabis aka spice.
20.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian MEPs ask Mogherini's help to bring ship guards home from India
Estonian members of the European Parliament have put an inquiry concerning the Estonian and British anti-piracy personnel embroiled in legal battles in India to the European Union's foreign policy chief.
Editorial: Mistral – the «information carrier»
For information warriors in Moscow, France-Russia Mistral class helicopter carrier sales agreement is a card played with great gusto, aimed to undermine free world unity. Should the issue slightly fade, a Russian deputy prime minister will leak some paper – about first of the vessels to be delivered on November 14th – to then be refuted by the French.
Government adopts 7 foreign mission bills for next year
Estonian government on Thursday adopted bills according to which next year up to 154 members of the Estonian defense forces would take part in international military operations in the NATO Response Force (NRF) as well as in Afghanistan, Mali, Kosovo, the Middle East and the Nordic Battle Group of the European Union.
EconMin finishes analysis of Rail Baltic route alternatives
Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has finished the analysis of Rail Baltic route alternatives and based on the results county governors can make their decisions concerning the favored route in Estonia.
Finland, Baltic countries to get support package for milk producers
European Union agriculture ministers have reached agreement in principle as regards a support package being put together for the dairy industries of the Baltic countries and Finland to help ease the impact of the Russian import restrictions, Finland's Minister of Agriculture Petteri Orpo said from Luxembourg on Monday.
EU's highest annual house price rise in Q2 recorded in Estonia
House prices remained stable in the euro area and rose by 1.7 percent in the European Union in the second quarter of 2014, with the highest annual rise recorded in Estonia, it appears from data released by Eurostat on Thursday.
Small parties go it alone
While big parties are failing to join hands for the retaking of Tallinn from Edgar Savisaar, their tiny cousins cannot seem to forge a common front to fight the «parliamentary fixtures».
26.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Retired KGB General: Kohver case unheard-of in security service history
Aleksei Kondaurov, a general retired from the Soviet-time intelligence agency KGB, finds not much political sense in the apprehension of and espionage-accusations against the Estonian security officer Eston Kohver even if he was caught on the Russian side as claimed by Russian security service FSB.
25.09.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Urve Eslas: Europe lives
In Rome, just a few hundred metres from Forum, Giuseppe is keeping his small restaurant. Giuseppe is good at the coffee cup trick: pouring it into the customer's lap, it proves to have been empty. As the visitors squeal, Giuseppe has his daily laugh. Way below the whiskers yellowish from tobacco, his pot belly displays an artwork of tomato sauce drops.
16.09.2014, Urve EslasPM
Russia bringing attack aircraft into Belarus
Up close to Lithuania’s side, the Russian planes would reach Šiauliai air base before its NATO fighters manage to take off.
29.07.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Editorial: drowning Demon Alcohol in European money
A lot has been said about alcohol this summer, the chief trigger being the new Law and Order Act since July 1st allowing booze to be used in public – as long as others aren’t bothered. Alas, as characteristic to warm weather, drunken deaths on highways and in water have added fuel to the fire.
24.07.2014, Karin KangroPM
EU funds to help Estonia sober up
On the wings of EU millions, major change is coming to alcoholism treatment in Estonia. Instead of pulling folks out of delirium as before, the future focus will be integrated treatment.
24.07.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Ansip – the MEP most outspoken
Among fresh Estonian MEPs, Andrus Ansip has been the most active at the two plenary meetings so far held in Strasbourg. Behind the name of Yana Toom, European Parliament website cites a curt «No activity». Underneath, Postimees publishes excerpts from what the deputies have said so far.
22.07.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Estonian German, Latvian and Lithuanian Foreign Ministers: peace must come to Ukraine
Meeting today with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet expressed Estonian German, Latvian and Lithuanian Foreign Ministers: peace must come to Ukraine.
David Cameron: Standing up for democracy and the European interest
For many European citizens the most interesting issue right now is who will win the World Cup. Only a small minority will be following the debate about the Presidency of European Commission. But this is important because it goes to the heart of the way the EU takes decisions, the need to respect its rules, and the appropriate relationship between the nations of Europe and the EU institutions.
13.06.2014, David CameronPM
Ilves: we have a European Union that is free, but not united
The recent credit crunch and the current crisis in Europe reveal the lack of solidarity in the European Union and our weakness in standing up for democratic values and ensuring security. So said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, during one of the panels of the annual conference of the Aspen Institute Prague. The conference focused on analysing global policies post 1989 and the influence of the communist past on Europe's position today.
Ilves was awarded the Atlantic Council’s Freedom Award
On Friday, as part of the Wrocław Global Forum, President Ilves was awarded the Atlantic Council's Freedom Award in recognition of his role in standing up for democratic values in Europe, protecting personal liberties and promoting Europe-US relationships.
08.06.2014, Andres EinmannPM
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.
Estonia considers the rapid improvement of the security situation in Ukraine to be crucial
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet along with Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard met today in Kyiv with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseni Yatsenyuk and Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia.
Martin Schulz: a wake-up call for EU security and energy policies
More than 20 years ago political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that the end of the Cold War marked "the end of history". His formulation meant that the triumph of Western democracy and liberal capitalism was moving the world toward an epoch of peace and a rule-based international order. Known for soft rather than hard power, the European Union seemed suited for such an era. After all, the EU was created exactly to overcome the old-style power politics that led to two disastrous wars in the last century.
21.05.2014, Martin SchulzPM
Guy Verhofstadt: The European Union can no longer avoid a review of the CFSP
The muted and divided response by the European Union, its High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and by the EU member States towards the crisis in Ukraine and towards Russia shows that we can no longer avoid an in-depth and thorough European debate on the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
20.05.2014, Guy VerhofstadtPM
Price rise triggered by joining EU continues
According to analysts trend won’t stop until Estonian prices catch up with European Union average.
19.05.2014, Katariina KrjutškovaPM
Migrant workers bless Estonia with hundreds of millions of euros
At an Eesti Pank seminar last week, a central bank economist Orsolya Soosaar said free movement of workers strategy was aimed at achieving maximally inclusive economic growth, boost overall employment, and enhance use of the existing labour force.
16.05.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Editorial: partner change a boost to Reform Party
Fresh Emor poll says popularity of Reform Party has grown to 29 percent – should Riigikogu elections happen tomorrow, that’s how many would vote for the senior coalition partner. The last time squirrels were so well liked was 1.5 years ago, in October-November of 2012. By 27 percent, soc dems come second at basically same level as last month.
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
Edward Lucas: Putin's defenders in the West ignore those who know Russia best
Sanctions won't work on Russia: it is too big, too rich, and too integrated. And imposing them would be hypocritical anyway, given that China is worse. The West will end up doing a deal, so we might as well start thinking about one now. Talking to the regime of Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, may be unpalatable. Not talking to it will be disastrous.
08.05.2014, Edward LucasPM
Editorial: ten years in European Union, always in Europe
Tomorrow, Estonia will have had a decade in EU. Ten years ago, we mainly joined for practical reasons. Even today, membership is largely viewed as a thing pragmatic: EU equals security, subsidies, freedoms to go and to come, options to work abroad, and access to a larger market. Even so, EU is not pragmatism and bureaucracy alone – it’s a shared world view, deeply rooted in the European culture. To grasp this world view is somewhat harder, and it is more readily forgotten than material gain. It’s worth remembering, though.
Ilves: what deters is a functioning NATO, not 150 men
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves thinks it naive to ask if 150 US soldiers are sufficient to deter Russia. The real deterrent is that NATO works.
30.04.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Estonia richer by fifth thanks to EU
Since joining European Union in 2004, the topmost winners are Latvia, Poland and Estonia. This is the conclusion arrived at, in April, by economists Nauro Campos, Fabrizio Coricelli and Luigi Moretti, using a method comparing actual gross domestic products per person with indicators in case not joining EU in said year.
29.04.2014, Oliver KundPM
Gas projects stuck in mire of differing interests
Russia’s attack against Ukraine made EU more generous regarding financing energy projects linked to the Baltic Sea, but special interests of Finnish energy company Gasum – with Gazprom as major shareholder – block the way forward.
24.04.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: a red/yellow rag to the Spanish bull
By those desiring independent Catalonia, Madrid is so angered as to resort to intimidation – playing the EU «trump card». Recently, the Spanish foreign minister Garcia Margallo said an independent Catalonia would be cast into the solitude of outer space, forever and ever separated from the European Union. The Spanish premiere Mariano Rajoy, in his turn, likened an independent Catalonia to the lone island of Robinson Crusoe.
Ilves and US senators: EU and NATO must stand up against the activities of Russia in Ukraine
«Russia's military activities in Ukraine, changing the borders of countries, justifying the occupation of Crimea with a fake referendum and applying continued pressure on rebuilding Ukraine as a state – this is how Russia itself is complicating its co-operation with Europe and the USA,» stated President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at his meeting last night with John McCain and John Hoeven, influential senators from the United States of America.
Editorial: Russia trying to keep Ukraine unstable
These past days, the issue is sharply up: how to prevent a large-scale armed conflict in Ukraine leading to casualties and other unpredictable consequences.
Tourists illegally taken to Northern Cyprus
In case of accidents, Estonian tourists in Northern Cyprus will be unprotected and without consular assistance.
09.04.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: bursting the hope bubble
Ministry of Finances has cut this year’s economic growth forecast for Estonia. Instead of the 3.6 per cent growth predicted in September, the ministry now expects a growth of 2.0 per cent. Behind the changes, there lay the shrinking expectations regarding export partners.
Ilves: USA and Europe need a new rulebook for Russia
Russia's aggression in Ukraine marks a paradigm shift, the end of trust in the post-Cold War order, writes president Toomas Hendrik Ilves in Washington Post.
Rejecting the sewing machine, Estonians embrace computers
In 2004, Estonia joined the European Union. Boosted by EU aid, our economic indicators started to even up with these of wealthy states. Over the ten years, a lot has changed in the Estonian life. What, then, has been the impact on economic structure? As attested by Statistical Office labour force studies: though more and more Estonians move from workbenches to office tables, the major employing sectors of economy remain the same.
27.03.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Ilves: era of peace is over
Representatives of Estonia and Poland express deepest concern over wider implications of events in Ukraine.
19.03.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Editorial: sanctions – too lean, too late
Response to Russian aggression against Ukraine is disproportionally weak by both USA and the European Union. On one side, there stand crimes against peace already committed, to say nothing about ongoing threatening. On the other side, there are visa bans and asset freezes regarding two dozen people. As glaringly obvious by now, the sanctions imposed yesterday came too late and are too lean.
Baltics not neglected in security anxiety
As assured in Tallinn yesterday by German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Baltic States will not be left on their own in light of events in Crimea.
12.03.2014, Liisa TagelPM
Three firms again OK to import into Russia
Veterinary Board and entrepreneurs think that goods of three companies again allowed into Russian customs union sends good signal.
11.03.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Ashton-Paet phone call leaked to YouTube
A February 26th telephone call between Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Estonian defence minister Urmas Paet – touching events in Kiev, Ukraine – was recorded, and leaked into the internet YouTube environment yesterday. The publication of the call may have been facilitated by secret services of some third country.
06.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
EU hits budget problems – again
Turns out, counterparties got it confused regarding agreement supposedly reached over budget this summer. The European Parliament may not ratify it in October, the entire process thus again delayed for months.
03.10.2013, Liina ValdrePM
Ilves: Eastern partners cannot «ride in two cabs at once»
The countries in the European Union's Eastern Partnership program cannot seek a free trade deal with the EU and join the Russia-led Customs Union at the same time, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves says.
Estonia posts EU's biggest drop in retail in June
The monthly rate of decline in retail volumes in Estonia was bigger than in any other country of the European Union in June and, at 3.3 percent, was much higher than the reductions of 1.9 percent and 1.7 percent posted by Hungary and Austria, or countries which suffered the second and third biggest setbacks.
Estonian parlt's EU discussion focuses on federalization
The prevailing idea voiced at a joint discussion of the Estonian parliament's European affairs committee and constitutional committee on the future of the European Union on Monday was that first of all federalization of the EU needs to be better defined and the competences of EU institutions and the member states set out.
Three in four Estonian citizens feel citizens of EU
Of Estonian citizens 73 percent feel overwhelmingly as citizens of the European Union, which is a higher ratio than the EU average of 63 percent, it appears from a Eurobarometer survey taken in November.
Farm organizations want direct payments to rise to 75 pct from 2014
Estonia's agricultural organizations want direct European Union agricultural payments for Estonian farmers to be raised to at least 75 percent of the EU average already by 2014.
Estonian president: federalism would improve opportunity EU citizens having their say
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves finds that federalism would be a solution how to improve the opportunity of citizens of the European Union having their say.