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.
Kaljurand's father a war hero
Presidential candidate Marina Kaljurand's father is the bearer of two Iron Cross decorations and a brother-in-arms of the Latvian Waffen-SS, an article from the late 1980s reveals. A photo published with the article depicts Imants Uits sporting a prominent mustache on the backdrop of his house and the Latvian flag.
22.09.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Germany to take over Baltic air policing out of Estonian Amari air base
A German contingent using five Eurofighter Typhoon jets will take over the NATO Baltic air policing mission from the Royal Air Force at a ceremony at the Estonian Amari air base at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Estonian president, Merkel discussed future of EU
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday discussed the future of the European Union.
Roivas calls for combining strengths of Estonia, Germany to make up Europe's engine
Estonia's IT ingenuity and Germany's industrial might must be transformed into an engine that will give a new impetus to the economy of all of Europe, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said at a meeting with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.
Minister: Tallinn airport bomb threat maker knew how to make himself hard to find
Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said that the person who made a bomb threat against Estonia-Germany flights knew how to make finding him as difficult as possible.
Police looking into bomb threat against Estonia-Germany flights
Police presence has been beefed up in the Tallinn airport area as Estonia's Internal Security Service (ISS) is investigating a bomb threat against Estonia-Germany flights.
Porsche: Suurbritannia jääb meie võtmeturuks ka peale Brexitit
Luksusautode tootja Porsche tegevjuhi Oliver Blume sõnul ei mõjuta Brexiti referendum ettevõtte suhet Suurbritanniaga, kirjutab Autocar.
Eerik-Niiles Kross: Brexit significantly worsens security situation
Short-term, Brexit will surely and significantly worsen the security situation; possibly, the long-term security situation will deteriorate in all of Northern Europe, writes Riigikogu member Eerik-Niiles Kross (Reform Party).
28.06.2016, Eerik-Niiles KrossPM
Hewn down during WW2, Ginkgo 2.0 planted in Tallinn
Amid the noise of the construction works going on, the green zone of the Tallinn Old City Harbour was yesterday enriched by a young ginkgo seemingly undisturbed by it all. The story goes back for almost 70 long years.
28.06.2016, Katriin TrallaPM
Merit Kopli: I like it difficult
Today's the final working day for editor-in-chief of Postimees and COE of Postimees Group Merit Koplil (47). Eleven years at helm of Estonia's biggest daily is but one year less than her four predecessors – all male – put together.
Educated as German philologist, in two months she will be heading to Germany to work as Estonia's cultural attache, tasked with introducing the Estonian culture and enhance the export of it.
10.06.2016, Priit PulleritsPM
Live broadcast: international cyber conflict conference CyCon 2016
8th International Conference on Cyber Conflict is held on 1-3 June 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia.
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
EU energy chief differs with Nord Stream 2 team
Vice president of European Commission regarding energy union, Maroš Šefčovič says no business project has encountered such political headwinds as the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline. If the builders wish to carry out their current plans to complete the work by 2019, he says they will have to consider all EU rules the third energy package included.
30.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
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.
Nord Stream 2 – super profit, security threat, or both?
The Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline planned in Baltic Sea to take natural gas from Vyborg, Russia to Greifswald, Germany and be completed by end of 2019 promises all to reap billions of euros of profit. That is the mantra repeated by people working for the project when one says he doubts profitability of the mega project. That despite the conditions where natural gas price is down more than by half during these past two years.
12.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Nord Stream 2: the multylayered lobby
During the last half year, gas pipe Nord Stream 2 discussions have heated up both in Brussels and in former Eastern bloc. Lobbying by builders is in top gear. The main confrontation is between critical politicians claiming this is security threat to Europe, and the builders who say it is pure business.
09.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
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.
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.
Merkel says Germany would agree to greater involvement in Baltic defense
Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Germany would agree to contribute more to the defense of the Baltic states, but does not elaborate in what form.
Drug dealers do a fabulous fumble
With whopping-for-Estonia of 200 litres of GBL the «party drug» basis involved, one might think this was the perfect crime perhaps only foiled by a traitor or an unfortunate slight slip.
15.04.2016, Joosep VärkPM
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
Top footballer dives into «life as usual»
Twice champion of Estonia, twice the top scorer of the season, picked best player of the entire championship last year, Ingemar Teever has hereby decided to go make a living outside of football.
08.03.2016, Madis KalvetPM
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.»
Leaked memo: migrants may move towards borders of Estonia
Closure of the currently popular Balkan migration routes may put pressure on borders of Norway, Finland and the Baltics says a leaked Norwegian foreign ministry memo.
03.03.2016, VG / The Local / PMPM
Estonian truckers driven bonkers by migrants
Life is getting tough for Estonian trucking companies on economic community roads. Firstly due to policemen hunting refugees sneaking into cargo. Secondly, competitors are rolling into Europe from the shrinking market in Russia.
25.02.2016, Andres ReimerPM
500 euro «Bin Laden» to be binned
So most of us Estonians will never see the €500 note as European Central Bank is thinking to give it up seeing such a large part of its users are crooks.
18.02.2016, Tõnis OjaPM
Estonia-Norway combat vehicle deal triggers war of words
The recent decision to purchase 37 combat vehicle hulls from Norway has turned acrimonious as the enterprise beaten at procurement accuses defence ministry of large scale waste of taxpayer money. To refute the accusations, ministry agreed to disclose details.
25.01.2016, Oliver KundPM
Africa en example for energy independence to Estonia
Thanks to technology revolution, the Estonian eager for innovation will within years break free from energy taxes imposed by the state, and of the major producers pampered with subsidies, predicts World Energy Council's European region head Einari Kisel.
11.01.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Client and bank to deal via video
Next year, Estonia emerges as among the first nations on Earth where clients must not trot to bank branches for transactions needing personal identification. A video link will do the job.
11.12.2015, Aivar PauPM
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
Editorial: compensation for Soviet damages again tabled
Talking about damages caused for the occupation, thought go towards human lives being destroyed even as we write this, in Ukraine, due to activities by Kremlin. To mainly Russian-speaking people, vast material damage has been caused and the environment devastated. Regrettably, the powers that be at Kremlin have failed to learn the lessons of history that slaughter of people and destruction of assets comes with a price - potentially to be paid by them and their nation.
Estonia may miss refugees for Christmas
This coming Monday, Police and Border Guard Board communications officer Priit Põdra (29) goes to Italy to prepare how Estonia will be picking refugees from camps and bringing them here.
29.10.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Rising defence spending in all of NATO looks unlikely
Though members of NATO pledged last fall to increase their defense spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic products by 2024, it is unrealistic to assume that this goal will ever be reached by all 28 allies, says Carnegie Europe head Jan Techau.
19.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Hopes high to have other allies added to incoming Brits
Unable to specify, I think more good news are in store said defence minister Hannes Hanso commenting on the news released yesterday of UK sending soldiers to support Baltics.
09.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
New Russian ambassador relieved by release of Kohver
Russia's new Ambassador in Estonia Aleksandr Petrov thinks it a good omen for his assignment that security police officer Eston Kohver was freed from imprisonment in Russia by the time he entered into office.
08.10.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Cheap milk a headache for farmers of the world
Today in Toompea, Tallinn, farmers convene to protest and to demand that the state grant them extra support as milk prices very low for years are steadily thinning their ranks. The same problem is plaguing colleagues the world over.
14.09.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Parties: compulsion no option
Postimees asked heads of all parliamentary factions: if local governments do not wish to receive refugees and the state cannot force them to, should something be altered in the law to find homes for immigrants, or what would be the solution?
09.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
ERGO «feels no fear for Baltics»
ERGO International AG board member Thomas Schöllkopf in charge of Eastern Europe says they go cautious in Russia and Ukraine due to their conflict while not worried and confident in the Baltics.
07.09.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Icelander's campaign makes pen-selling Syrian single dad a wealthy man
Abdul, a refugee from Syria, was in the right place at the right time. A photo taken of him became a global hit and by now the single father of two has been donated over €142,000. What will he do with the money? Underneath, an Icelander behind the campaign Gissur Simonarson talks to Postimees.
01.09.2015, Marian MänniPM
Editorial: remembering the victims of communism and Nazism
While seemingly so during the brighter moments in human history, we are not on a path towards ever increasing civilization, away from atrocities, crimes and trampling on people's rights. Alas, the year at hand is no guarantee of avoiding the ugliness we eagerly label as «not for 21st century» even when happening before our very eyes.
Bumper crop expected
If the weather stays fine, an excellent harvest is in store this year - equaling increased exports.
18.08.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Sister and brother battle bother on border
A daily task for Estonia's border guards is phone calls to parents from airport to check if it's okay for their kids to leave the country - the mom and dad have forgotten to «attach» a letter of permission. But even that may not suffice, as a paper acceptable in Estonia may spell suspicion in child abduction to an adult escort elsewhere.
14.08.2015, Oliver KundPM
Ferry queues are here to stay
Up to five hours of waiting to get on ferryboats at Kuivastu and Virtsu ports on popular travel days - the new normal for folks headed to Saaremaa, this summer and in all likelihood also the next.
13.08.2015, Aivar ÕepaPM
SEB: Estonia hit by housing price bubble
Estonians may enjoy consuming boom till entrepreneurs are able to produce ever more effectively, lift wages and keep unemployment rise in check, says SEB chief Allan Parik, who thinks that while sailing on thin ice in this crisis-smelling world, Estonian businessmen stand on secure foundations and have thus far managed to react correctly to changes in economic environment. Domestic consumption remains solid, unemployment is low, and entrepreneurs are showing strong competitiveness on the weak external markets. No near term solution is to be expected t the differences with Russia, and therefore it makes no sense inserting deals with them into business plans.
06.08.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Turkey draws shivering Estonians desperate for a tan
Alas, the weather hath turned terrible in Estonia this summer. The result is folks fleeing the country, seeking for sunshine elsewhere in Europe with Turkey topping the charts.
29.07.2015, Anette ParkseppPM
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 MäeElu
Nädalavahetusel toimub Telliskivi loomelinnakus tasuta Original Block Party festival
Original Long Drink toob koostöös Flow festivaliga Tallinnasse maailmatasemel artistid.
Medieval cog parked beneath building in Tallinn
Till the beginning of August, all those interested are welcome to come glance at ship wrecks unearthed while building apartment houses in Tivoli Quarters, Tallinn.
16.07.2015, Uwe GnadeteichPM
Editorial: the brittle edge-of-knife deal
When asked by Postimees to sum up 2009 (our toughest in recent history), the twice prime minister Mart Laar stressed this: «IMF control and Latvian path avoided.»
Editorial: German protection shown in action
The recent public confirmation of rotating German infantry companies coming to the Baltics, by members of Bundestag, is of great significance.
Germany has a heart for Estonian unease
At 9:30 am yesterday morning, a top important meeting took place during state visit to Germany by Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
20.05.2015, Kadri VeermäePM
Estonian ferries face bright future in Germany
Come fall, the ferryboats Saaremaa and Muhumaa currently sailing the Virtsu-Kuivastu route will be servicing a regular line at the mouth of River Elbe, in Germany. In a year, Hiiumaa is off to join them.
19.05.2015, Aivar ÕepaPM
Is it possible to become Estonian during one weekend?
I have been living in Estonia for two months. I quickly learned the meaning of «Terviseks», and that Skype was developed in Estonia, but I think that, to become a real Estonian, one must know more and do more. So I accepted a challenge: To dive one weekend deep into Estonia and find out if I can become a real Estonian.
20.04.2015, Karsten KaminskiPM
German study lists Estonia’s strengths and weaknesses
Estonia is the most sustainably governed post-Soviet country and ahead of several long-term democracies, shows a fresh study by Bertelsmann Foundation.
08.04.2014, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: Sudetenland, take two
Two quarters of a century ago, an irreversible step was taken towards World War II, as a little piece of Czechoslovakia was offered to an aggressive Nazi Germany – the Sudetenland. Even though after Wold War I the region had remained a part of the newcomer-state Czechoslovakia, mostly German-speaking people dwelt there. For Hitler, that was enough; and, under the pretext of «defending the interests of the Germans», he claimed the parcel of land. In Paris and London, politicians were in power who, with concessions in everything and everywhere, were trying to avoid the fast-approaching war with Germany – not realising that these were the very steps that pushed Europe into a huge war.
03.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: grand question mark straightens into grand coalition
The post-election observations, by many, proved right: despite the hardships and hurdles, Germany again gets a so-called grand coalition i.e. a broad-based cabinet made up of Christian democrats (CDU/CSU) led by Angela Merkel and soc dems (SPD). The negotiations took months and were no piece of cake for participants thereof; even so, the outcome may prove quite stable – rather fresh in their memories linger both positive and negative experience from cooperation in 2005–2009.
German president voices support for Rail Baltic project
The president of Germany, Joachim Gauck, voiced at his meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip today support for the Rail Baltic high-speed railway project that is seen eventually creating a direct connection between the Baltic states and Berlin.
Gallery: Polish landing ships bring technology and equipment for Saber Strike exercises in Estonia
Early this morning, Polish Navy landing ships Lublin and Poznan brought 100 tonnes of technology and equipment to Paldiski South Harbour, for the Saber Strike training exercises to be held in Estonia. Together with 17 vehicles, 50 members of Polish and German defence forces also arrived, headed immediately for Tapa.
Germans refreshed by Estonian success story
In Berlin, it’s warm like summertime. Early on Wednesday morning, around 7.30 am, curious businessmen gather at the Reichstag rooftop restaurant – to listen to Estonian PM Andrus Ansip share a summary on Estonia’s experience in exiting crisis.
18.04.2013, Inga Höglund/Postimees