Ministry advising Estonia not to participate in Expo 2020
The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has proposed to the government that Estonia would not take part in the Expo 2020 in Dubai as it would cost the country at least six million euros and the money could be used for more useful things, for instance taking part in entrepreneurship fairs.
This year’s Opinion Festival in Estonia looks beyond language
This year’s Opinion Festival will host more English-language discussion forums than ever before in the event’s four-year history. This comes part and parcel with the festival’s aim to create an inclusive space for addressing some of society’s biggest issues and welcome multilingual participants and speakers from Estonia and beyond.
Teacher fired after article teased student
Teacher Priit Diever (EKRE) fired from Järva-Jaani Gymnasium after opinion article published in Õhtuleht on June 9th titled «Childless women, do lower your super high bar!» believes he lost his job for convictions. The school claims the teacher has been in conflict with leadership and pupils for over a year and been subject to many a reprimand.
21.06.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: a new commentarium for free and civil discussion
Starting today, anonymous comments are no longer an option in Postimees. As before, all are welcome to keep on commenting but from now on as registered and identified users.
Estonians think the world has become more unstable - poll
Estonians perceive the world around them as less stable and many fear flare-up of new armed conflicts, it appears from a recent public opinion poll on national security.
Handwriting helpful to decipher murders and forgery
In her daily work, Forensic Science Institute (EKI) handwriting expert Eve Kristjankroon reveals falsifiers of wills and identity thieves. If needed, she solves a murder mystery.
16.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: roles or stereotypes? That is the question
Two events, carried by like themes, fell on the same day yesterday. First the Postimees opinion leaders dinner discussing gender roles this year. And, secondly, University of Tartu applied research centre revealed results of study into views and ways of men in Estonia.
Opinion Leader award goes to columnist Jüri Vendik
Postimees opinion desk head Neeme Korv says Mr Vendik is a critical journalist – highly self-critical at that.
Estonian PM: Russia must follow provisions of Minsk Protocol
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas it is important that Russia follows provisions of the Minsk Protocol, including the promise to take its forces and weaponry out of Ukraine.
Study: Estonians more content with life than Latvians, less than Lithuanians
According to a recent study carried out by insurer Ergo which assessed the contentment of people with life, the average score of Estonians was 6.26 out of the maximum score of 10, while Lithuanians got an average score of 6.74 and Latvians 6.12.
Editorial: prioritizing security or political comfort?
Yesterday, Riigikogu gathered to ponder the vital state level issue of «Altered Security Situation in Europe». In their reports, foreign affairs committee head Marko Mihkelson, foreign minister Urmas Paet and defence minister Sven Mikser rather richly painted a picture of the current security political situation, and Estonia in it. The focus was on Russia’s aggressive politics, while touching upon other stuff from radical Islam to Ebola.
FinMin doubts lawfulness of way ferry tender was handled
The Estonian Finance Ministry finds that the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications may have violated the law by awarding the island ferry service contract for the next ten-year period by a negotiated tendering procedure and as a result it may be necessary to declare the outcome invalid.
From the streets: Estonians expect Obama to be definite and decisive
People gathered to see Barack Obama drive by were of the opinion the visit is worth the while, and significant, considering the current situation – proving to Mr Putin that NATO article 5 stands sure.
03.09.2014, Meribel SinikaldaPM
Editorial: street pluralism
At first glance, the increase of demonstrations in Estonia might be seen as sign of civil displeasure. In reality, this needs to be taken as development in democracy and civil society. Lately, our streets have seen slogans not against state and local government alone, but a private bank has also been targeted (protests against Swedbank, in Haapsalu). At University of Tartu, defence of classical faculties has taken on a virtual storm form. The Estonian is getting increasingly active.
Mikk Salu: waiting for war?
On the emotional level, one may understand opponents of Estonian-Russian border treaty. Justice is on our side. Even so, on the rational level it’s really hard to follow these ideas. For: what’s the alternative? What’s the solution they would offer? Come to think of it, they admit there’s nothing Estonia could really do. It’s not like we could just elect ourselves another foreign minister who would waive his arms wilder and talk with a voice more booming, bringing a breakthrough. No, there’ll be no miracle. And so, the solution they’re talking about is to wait. Let’s not enter a treaty, let’s wait for times better and more fitting.
19.02.2014, Mikk SaluPM
Iulii Selianko: Is this the end of the political crisis in Ukraine?
Currently the situation in Ukraine appears much calmer. However, it is the lull before the storm. The political crisis in Ukraine will not end even after the government resignation, the annulment of the unconstitutional laws that were adopted on January 16, and the vote on ‘amnesty’ law on January 29.
03.02.2014, Iulii SeliankoPM
Ants Laaneots: Two Histories of World War II
Retired General Ants Laaneots writes that World War II was the most tragic event of the last century and the investigation of its causes and consequences has been extensive, but political conjecture has always left its mark on it.
Opinion rock to echo from Paide Castle Hill
On August 16th to 17th, Estonia gets its initial opinions festival – organised by volunteers, touching upon topics vital for the country.
26.06.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
Priit Pullerits: the new deporters
To put it mildly: we’ve got some weird-thinking fellows loose amongst us. Outwardly, one would not recognise them, probably. Yet, as soon as the big mouths open up, their treacherous nature is laid bare at once.
18.06.2013, Priit PulleritsPM
Neeme Korv: hazards of open world
«My life has become impossible!» screamed the telephone. A lady calling in from Pärnu County, voice filled with sheer desperation. Saying she had a €240 pension, yet growing veggies in her garden so she makes it all right. «Never have I been a complainer.» So… what’s the deal?
17.06.2013, Neeme KorvPM
Vootele Hansen: grief goes with dignity
According to Estonian Institute of Human Rights chairman Vootele Hansen, by calling the events of June 14th 1941 «deportation» we are using a euphemism – probably to avoid recalling the horror.
14.06.2013, Vootele HansenPM
Mikk Salu: what breeds culture of deceit?
In a recent conversation with a public relations personality, the latter drew comparisons between sports and politics: in both, all options are OK to make it big. Both, therefore, abound with temptations to deceive. Truly there are parallels to sports and politics. Both are based on competition. Winners and losers. Some get to parliament, some do not. Some are carried in arms, hailed in Town Hall Squares... others are ridiculed: why send such losers to Olympics!?
14.06.2013, Mikk Salu