Trump's team needs Baltic training
Head of the International Center for Defense Studies, former ambassador to the United States Jüri Luik says in an interview to Postimees that Estonia's agreements are with the United States of America as a country, not with individual presidents.
10.11.2016, Joosep VärkPM
President Ilves' legacy
The time in office of the third president of re-independent Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, will come to an end today. Inside Ilves' ten years – a long time for a young country – there have been domestic and foreign policy sensations, altered security and economic principles that have at times outpaced our ability to adapt to them.
Video: Islamiriigi poolt röövitud inglasest reporter esines uuel propagandavideol
Äärmusrühmituse Islamiriik poolt 2012. aastal röövitud inglasest reporter John Cantlie esines propagandavideol, mille kaudu nii Ühendkuningriik kui mehe pere said teada, et ta on elus.
14.07.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
NATO waving a red rag under nose of Russia
No threat to Russia militarily speaking, the US battalions in Baltics would irritate the Kremlin by their mere presence at Russian border. In response, just to flex muscles, the latter may move over its most modern armaments.
30.05.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Lithuania's Linkevičius says Estonia better run for UN Security Council
A member of UN Security Council two years back, Lithuania paid next to nothing for its campaign to get there, claims foreign minister Linas Linkevičius as interviewed by Postimees.
13.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: the Russian gas gun
During the reign of Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin has used state gas monopoly Gazprom as foreign policy tool to retain influence over neighbours. Since the Ukraine-Russia gas fights in mid-2000ies, energy security and reducing dependency on Russian gas, currently about quarter of gas consumed in Europe, has continually been on European agenda.
Editorial: the outcome of Russia's crazy game
Referring to US deputy defence secretary Robert Work, The Wall Street Journal wrote on April 29th that in response to Russian aggressiveness NATO would boost its presence in Baltics and Poland by four battalions i.e. a contingent of 4,000 men. This still is too little when compared to Russian western military district of up to 350,000 men or the close to 100,000 of troops who have in recent years participated in exercises on Russia's western edge. Much more important, however, is the message therewith sent to Kremlin.
Jüri Luik: Lennart Meri's legacy
Lennart Meri as President is beginning to fade. Meanwhile, a man like him would be badly needed in Estonia and Europe alike in these days of the refugee drama, writes diplomat Jüri Luik on the tenth death anniversary of our great statesman.
14.03.2016, Jüri LuikPM
Editorial: the Middle-Eastern «gunpowder keg»
At the beginning of 20th century, interests of then major European nations collided in the Balkans to the degree that the region began to be referred to as a «gunpowder keg». In 1914, it exploded to trigger WW1. Disturbingly, the Middle-East of 21st century resembles another «gunpowder keg» where interests of the West, Russia, the Arab states, Israel, Iran and Turkey clash.
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 minister: Relations with Russia depend on developments in Ukraine
Estonia's relations with Russia must be viewed in the framework of EU-Russian relations and they depend to a large degree on whether and how the Ukraine crisis will be solved, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said.
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 minister: We must start closing embassies
In the light of the government's cost-cutting plans, Estonia must close some of its embassies, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said before the Riigikogu on Thursday.
Editorial: the Kremlin TV show
In an interview to Postimees in November, a leading Russian media expert Valeri Solovei said he had no idea when the state propaganda effect would weaken on Russia's society but he guessed there would be a glitch in the system someday. Looks like this is troubling the very leaders in Russia in these days of dark clouds gathering on home turf. The grumbling is growing louder. Increasingly, protest actions pop up in various corners of Russia.
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
Hannes Hanso «embarrassed» that soc dems wanted to cut defence spending
Defence minister Hannes Hanso (44 today, Soc Dems) says the main near term aim is finding a new deputy chancellor for the ministry, and a new chief for Information Board. As for anti-refugee statements by servicemen, he wants to put an end to that.
06.10.2015, Oliver Kund
Väljaanne: Pentagon vaatab üle oma tegutsemisplaanid Balti riikide osas
Esimest korda pärast Nõukogude Liidu lagunemist vaatab USA kaitseministeerium üle ja kaasajastab oma tegevusplaanid juhuks, kui peaks tekkima relvakonflikt Venemaaga, kirjutab ajakiri Foreign Policy, märkides, et need plaanid hõlmavad ka Balti riike.
Sven Mikser elected head of Foreign Affairs Committee
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Estonian parliament on Tuesday elected Social Democrat Sven Mikser its new chairman to replace Hannes Hanso who was appointed minister of defense on Monday.
Ilves bumps into old friend
Last Friday, some fifteen minutes before a concert to celebrate jubilee of Arvo Pärt was to start, a lovely lady in black emerged from presidential vehicle to be followed by Toomas Hendrik Ilves in person. Escorted by security and keeping a bit apart, the two walked towards the venue.
«NATO finished when not helping a member state»
Amazingly, after a career of 18 years at defence ministry and mainly dealing with NATO, Sven Sakkov is still proud of a newspaper article written in 2004 headlined «Headed towards Nordics» and rejoices that we are closer to the non-NATO Nordic neighbors than ever before.
28.08.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
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
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
Editorial: a nuke deal better than the alternatives
Yesterday, a nuclear deal was achieved between Iran and six major powers – USA, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany – in hopes to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. In return, sanctions imposed on the Islamic state will be eased. Meanwhile, it is feared that the agreement (already called «morally dubious») may strengthen the Iranian regime known as a dedicated and capable financer of terrorism.
Reform Party board gives nod to Kaljurand as Estonia's new foreign minister
The board of the ruling Reform Party on Friday backed chairman and Prime Minister Taavi Roivas' proposal to nominate career diplomat Marina Kaljurand for Estonia's next foreign minister.
Foreign minister on foreign policy: a domain not totally foreign
Minister of foreign affairs Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (39) does not think she’s overly unnoticeable for the office or overshadowed by the President – foreign policy is teamwork, she suggests.
28.04.2015, Liisa TagelPM
Adviser to Tusk: Estonia safe as part of World Scheme
In his book on the end of Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic and its foreign ministry under Lennart Meri titled «The International Man» (Rahvusvaheline mees), Mihkel Mutt describes a clerk Fabian ordered by boss to switch Estonia into World Scheme as fast as at all possible. Now, Estonia is part of the World Scheme, ensuring its protection in this troubled world, Riina Ruth Kionka – foreign policy adviser to European Council president Donald Tusk and a guest at Lennart Meri Conference this past weekend in Tallinn – tells Postimees in interview.
27.04.2015, Jürgen TammePM
Edward Lucas: Hybrid warfare works against countries that are weak
Hybrid warfare ultimately works against countries that are weak and unwilling to defend themselves; the Baltic states do have the will and it works as the first and most important line of defense, senior editor of the newsweekly The Economist Edward Lucas said ahead of his appearance at the Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn later this month.
Kremlin media hunting for openings in Estonia
Though Russian propaganda channels are eating ever deeper into Estonia, lion’s share of local Russian speakers still manage to separate hostile messages from the truth, claims Security Police.
14.04.2015, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: the marginal score a point
Alas, anonymous bloggers behind the Finnish «Todelinnen Tallinna» have achieved their assumed end: sowing ill will in Estonia-Finland relations – as high up as possible.
Editorial: help needed to arm Ukraine
This Monday, US foreign policy experts published a report saying the government should provide Ukraine military assistance for $1bn yearly in 2015–2017. They are talking radars, drones, communications, medical equipment, as well as lethal arms assistance such as light missiles to repel enemy armoured vehicles.
Editorial: hey, we’re family
«It is in the times foreign-politically difficult that maintenance of the bridge with Finland tends to slip our minds and signs of disrepair start to show,» Toomas Kiho, editor-in-chief of Akadeemia (the cultural journal) wrote in Postimees this past fall. «Regrettably, to the backdrop of current crises, the same seems to happening again.»
Fresh foreign minister casts Rõivas as long term top squirrel
After two weeks as foreign minister, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform Party) promises to keep reminding her Western colleagues about the security police officer Eston Kohver case and hopes the Estonian ship guards held in India will be back home pretty soon.
03.12.2014, Tuuli KochPM
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.
Islamiriik teenib miljoneid muinsusesemete röövist
Sunniitlik äärmusrühmitus Islamiriik (IS) teenib Iraagist ja Süüriast röövitud muinsusesemete müügi ja smugeldamisega miljoneid eurosid.
Editorial: best for the party. Best for the people?
As finance minister chair was emptied of Jürgen Ligi, Reform Party filled it with the strong specialist Maris Lauri. As a long-term foreign minister finally hopped on the Brussels horse, well-known politicians come marching in – while needing to prove themselves in the new roles.
Party whip wins – portfolios passed to insiders
Oh the uproar and upset in Reform Party ranks if again «immigrants» had come before «cadre»! This, the presently popular prime minister Taavi Rõvas was not about to risk.
06.11.2014, Tuuli KochPM
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.
Editorial: when foreign policy turns domestic
Russia’s neighbours are getting the feeling of living at the foot of a volcano. Firstly, one is forced to learn all about volcanoes. Also, preparedness is needed for earthquakes shaking the occasional fence.
Visit draws much attention
US President Barack Obama’s Wednesday visit to Tallinn was covered by numerous international printed and online media. Underneath, find a selection of excerpts.
Editorial: Estonia – example of staying free
Defending Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius is just as important as defending Berlin, Paris and London – a highlight from the US President Barack Obama’s speech in Tallinn, yesterday. Naturally, we need this assurance of unshakeable dedication. We need it declared to ourselves, to some lazy-like allies, and most of all to the potential aggressor.
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
Ilves: the withdrawal of Russian troops from Estonia was our first priority
What's happening today in Ukraine only serves to prove how important it was to get the occupying Russian troops withdrawn from Estonia and how correct our behaviour was, said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, today at a rally to recall the withdrawal of Russian troops from Estonia on 31 August 1994.
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: All Quiet on the European Front
The Continent diligently deliberates, debates, and decides ... As a rule, no major jolts, no U-turns. The member states desiring to be Alpha and Omega at decision making implies that to charismatic characters rise to top spots – such as might go solo whether by statements or steps taken.
Juncker charged to look for ladies
With lion’s share of member states nominating males for commissioners, European Commission is faced with acute gender imbalance.
16.07.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
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
Editorial: picking personas
Estonia has enriched the world with use of «duck decoy» for vote magnets intending to boost other party cadre. But this time around, at EU elections, we go for the very persons – a poll ordered by Postimees shows two thirds will look to people, not parties. A whopping 54 percent will be banking on personas, plus a 19 percent who regard a politician above his party. Now, we can elect open lists, meaning that the ones with most votes in a party list will head for Brussels (and Strasbourg).
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
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
Ilves: we have kept pressing the snooze button to postpone awakening
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who gave a presentation at the influential Brussels Forum, reproached the European Union for its slow and cautious joint counter steps following Russia's aggression in Ukraine.
Olli Rehn: in crisis, we also protected the weakest of society
EU economy and finance chief, the Finn Olli Rehn (51), relates how the outgoing European Commission succeeded, against all odds, to avoid insolvency of European states, which – among other things – would have been devastating to those on social welfare and people on public payrolls.
24.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Paet in Riigikogu: human rights are constant theme in all areas of foreign policy
In his annual address to the Riigikogu on Estonia’s foreign policy, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised that human rights and values are a constant theme in all areas of foreign policy, from security to European policy and from economics to consular issues.
22.02.2013, Urmas Paet, Foreign Minister
Aserbaidžaan eitas Iisraeli lubamist oma õhubaasidesse
Aserbaidžaan lükkas täna tagasi USA ajakirjas Foreign Policy esitatud väited, nagu oleks riik võimaldanud Iisraelile ligipääsu oma õhubaasidele.
29.03.2012, Kadri VeermäeRus
Foreign Policy: Эстония — самая успешная из постсоветских стран
Американский журнал Foreign Policy в статье, посвященной 15 бывшим советским республикам, назвал Эстонию самой успешной в политическом плане из всех бывших стран СССР, сообщает «Росбалт».
2010. aasta suurimad mõtlejad - Buffett ja Gates
Ajakiri Foreign Policy koostas nimekirjas sajast 2010. aasta suurimast mõtlejast. Esimest kohta jagavad ses tabelis investor Warren Buffett ja Microsofti asutaja Bill Gates.
03.12.2010, Gert D. HankewitzRus
Foreign Policy опубликовал рейтинг самых странных речей в ООН
Журнал Foreign Policy опубликовал рейтинг самых странных речей, произнесенных за последние шестьдесят лет в Генеральной Ассамблее и Совете безопасности ООН.
Ajakiri Foreign Policy avaldas nimekirja neist rikkuritest, kes ei torka silma mitte heategevuse, vaid hoopiski kuritegelike kalduvustega.
Американским школьникам предложат оценить попытки международных организаций подорвать суверенитет США
Издание Foreign Policy пишет, что ученики седьмого класса иранских школ читают в своем учебнике, что каждый молодой мусульманин должен сеять страх в сердцах врагов Аллаха, передает Postimees.ru.
Looduskatastroofe jagus tänavu igasse maailmajakku
Kahtlemata on paljudel tänavu peast läbi käinud küsimus, mis maailmas õige toimub. Pea iga nädal juhtub maailma eri nurkades mõni looduskatastroof ja miljonite inimeste hädadel ja õnnetustel ei näi lõppu tulevat. Ajakiri Foreign Policy on erakordselt loodusõnnetusterohkel aastal teinud nimekirja tänavustest katastroofidest ja kummalistest loodusnähtustest, mis vähe kajastust leidsid.
2009. aastal täitumata jäänud ennustused
Gordon Browni tagasiastumine ja kümned tuhanded seagripisurmad – need on mõned ajakirja Foreign Policy esile toodud prognoosidest, mille täitumine ennustajaile tollal raudkindlana tundus, ent sel aastal alusetuks osutus.
18.12.2009, Hendrik VosmanPM+
Kümme tähtsat sel aastal varju jäänud uudist
Võttes kokku lõppevat aastat, koostas ajakiri Foreign Policy nimekirja uudistest, mis on tähtsad, aga võisid enamikul lugejaist kahe silma vahele jääda.
Ennustus: kus asuvad viis järgmist Islandit?
Ajakiri Foreign Policy tutvustab viit riiki, millel on suurim tõenäosus järgida Islandi eeskuju: üleilmse finantskriisi põhjustatud majanduskollapsile järgneb ka võimuvahetus.
Kümme märkamatumat tähtsat uudist
Ajakiri Foreign Policy koostas ka pingerea kümnest selle aasta tähtsast uudisest, mis enamikul inimestel ilmselt kahe silma vahele jäid.