Independence regained: the tense days twenty five years ago
On 20 August 1991, Estonia declared formal independence during the Soviet military coup attempt in Moscow, reconstituting the pre-1940 state. Every year, 20 August is celebrated as the day of Restoration of Independence.
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: PHOSPHORITE NO GOOD FOR BREAD
It's 30 years soon from the phosphorite war battles. The people rose up against plans to mine for phosphate rock in Virumaa. Scientists said it may have had destructive effects on environment and, due to influx of Russian-speaking foreign labour force, to the population structure. Not comparable to the War of Independence, the action did boost the national feelings with winds of perestroika glasnost helping along, thus culminating in the Singing Revolution and regained independence.
Editorial: Estonians choose freedom
Yesterday, Republic of Estonia celebrated its 98th anniversary. Quite an age, while we will have to admit that though old in a sense we're still rather young as of the 98 years we have managed to be free for less than a half. As penned by a Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev: slavery is easy and freedom is hard, and for that very reason nations often opt for the former. Even so, in the 20th century Estonians did twice clearly declare that they desire to be free and it is vital in the future to stay true to that choice.
25.02.2016, Urho MeisterPM
PM lays wreath at independence monument on 96th anniversary of Tartu Peace Treaty
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas on Tuesday morning placed a wreath at the War of Independence Victory Monument in Tallinn in commemoration of the 96th anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty.
IRL contrives «patriotic» comeback
«I understand why people are mad at us. They expect us to have great goals,» said Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) chairman Margus Tsahkna to comment the currently plummeting ratings.
15.01.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Estonian formin: Policy of non-recognition has relevance for present day
Speaking at a symposium to mark the 75th anniversary of the Welles Declaration in Tallinn on Thursday, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said the U.S. policy of non-recognition of the annexation of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by the Soviet Union has relevance also for the present day.
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
St John’s eager to kick «Estonia 100» into gear
To underline importance of St John’s Church, St Petersburg at birthing Republic of Estonia, celebrations of the centenary of it in 2018 might symbolically commence in this very church, suggest head of congregation Külli Sulg.
22.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Estonia to query Finland over «Soviet» drivers
Foreign ministry intends to ask Finnish colleagues to explain why Finnish diving licences feature Russia or the Soviet Union as birthplace of Estonians.
03.12.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: a war for independence of all peoples in Estonia
Today is 96 days sharp from the start of Estonian War of Independence. The victory, for Estonia, is impossible to overestimate. War is enforcing a will – while assessing the meaning of wars, we must ask what was the essence of the will which prevailed.
Russian turned Estonian patriot denied citizenship
Citizenship Act in force over 20 years stops loyal people becoming citizens of Estonia if for mere month they’ve served in any foreign army.
10.11.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Baltic presidents receive Golden Victoria award in Berlin
The German magazine publishers' association VDZ on Thursday, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, presented its Golden Victoria European of the Year award to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Unknown hooligan vandalizes War of Independence monument
An unknown hooligan wrote numbers on the monument to the victory in the War of Independence in Tallinn and the police are looking for the vandal.
Helga Kalm: in the end, it was a close win for Abdul Turay
In the end, it was a close win for Abdul Turay, finds Helga Kalm, today's online-debate's umpire.
17.09.2014, Helga KalmPM
Debating Society: Scotland would be economically viable with its abundance of natural resource
Scotland would be economically a viable country with its abundance of natural resource, finds Estonian Debating Society's team in today’s online debate.
17.09.2014, Estonian Debating SocietyPM
Abdul Turay: the ties of blood, kinship and history are most important to keep the union
It is the ties of blood, kinship and history that are most important reasons to keep the union, thinks former British journalist, now a Tallinn City Council member Abdul Turay in today’s online debate.
17.09.2014, Abdul TurayPM
Siobhan Kattago: Obama shared more in common with Ronald Reagan than I ever could have imagined
In the days leading up to President Obama’s state visit to Estonia on September 3rd, the eve before the NATO summit meeting in Wales, details of his schedule, travel plans and meetings were meticulously scrutinized. As streets closed and helicopters circled, the contrast between the heavy security surrounding the Commander in Chief and his message of freedom couldn’t have been starker. Obama’s visit dramatically underscored the complex relationship between freedom and security in a post-9/11 world.
04.09.2014, Siobhan KattagoPM
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.
Mart Laar: we really ought to have resisted Russia, back in 1939...
The aim of history might rather be to understand, not to condemn. As to decisions taken in 1939, the again-independent Estonia has – by her behaviour and practice – awarded an assessment. Even so, in order to understand history, we still need the answers to a whole host of questions regarding the options in these days of long ago, writes Mart Laar, historian and former Prime Minister of Estonia (IRL).
28.08.2014, Mart LaarPM
Editorial: Estonia, my very own!
«At long last I may breathe easy. I made it. My life is in me still. I’ve got my Estonia, my very own and free!» Just some lines from a documentary novel, written as a diary by Heino Kiik and published in 2007, called «The Joys of Breaking Free» (Vabanemise rõõmud). Penned in August 20th 1991 – 23 years ago.
Graveyard yields monument to liberty
At the foot of «Rannu ema» [Mother of Rannu], a memorial column has been discovered with 27 names of locals.
18.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
National Archives searching for forgotten souls
1914–1918. With about 100,000 mobilised into WW1 from Estonian and Livonian National Archives searching for forgotten souls.
13.08.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: not out of the woods (yet)
Differently from, let’s say, the UK, Estonia is not a country used to vast lands belonging to a handful of owners. A basic reason for this is Republic of Estonia’s 1919 land reform whereby large land ownerships were nationalised and afterwards handed out as new farmsteads.
Obama: Estonia will never stand alone
«Poland will never stand alone! Estonia will never stand alone! Latvia will never stand alone! Lithuania will never stand alone! Romania will never stand alone!» US President Barack Obama said in Warsaw, yesterday.
05.06.2014, Peeter RaudsikPM
People who helped restore Estonia's independence acknowledged on national holiday
The events to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the restoration of Estonia's independence started already on Aug. 19 with a night concert 'Jarjepidevus' ('Consistency') in Tartu which included the speech of the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves among other things.
Editorial: the self-evident responsibility
Now, with 22 years having passed since Estonia’s regained independence, lots of local thinkers have expressed fears of encroaching state-tedium. The same underlined, in his yesterday speech, by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves quoting Ain Kaalep who used to worry about that in 1999 already.