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Only 'miracles' can move Brexit talks forward by October, EU tells Britain

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Out of Soviet repression, Estonia’s ‘The Fencer’ is feel-good winner

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Estonia 'e-residency' offers Brexit Brits EU loophole

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NATO fighter jets intercept Russian planes near Estonian airspace

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NATO intercepts Russian jets near Estonian airspace

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Pence sketches possible Patriot deployment in Estonia, vows US support

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Pence in Estonia to ease Russia fears in Baltic region

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Center Party names seeing to welfare of older people as the next big task for Estonia
TALLINN – Poverty and inequality pose a very big problem for Estonia and it is a duty of the state to work towards a more equal society, which is why the Center Party by has identified ensuring the wellbeing of older people as its next major goal, the extended board of the ruling Center Party said in a statement on Saturday   Read More ...
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Estonian Prime Minister in Bundestag: We all must take responsibility for lasting peace
BERLIN – Even though we are often prone to taking peace for granted, we all need to contribute to and take responsibility for lasting peace -- with each our thought, word and act, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in his speech in the German parliament on Sunday. "Europe has had its share of good leaders who have implemented policies to create a safe living environment   Read More ...
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Pope Francis to visit Estonia in 2018
TALLINN – Pope Francis is set to visit Estonia next year, Bishop Philippe Jourdan announced at the end of a mass celebrated in the Catholic cathedral of Tallinn on Sunday. "Where at the beginning of the year the nuncio said that it is 90 percent certain, now it is 99 percent certain that Pope Francis will visit Estonia next year," the bishop said according to Postimees   Read More ...
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Head of NATO tells Canada to gear itself up for Russian cyber threats
Estonian defence minister says Canada should expect Russian meddling in 2019 federal election Related Stories Canada and other NATO countries must do more to counter Russia's growing and ever-evolving cyber threats, says the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Stoltenberg says the digital threats come in many forms, and can target anybody. "In some ways, every country is a neighbour of Russia because [a] cyber [threat] recognizes no borders, so you might also say that Canada is a neighbour of Russia," Estonia's Defence Minister Jüri Luik told The House in Halifax   Read More ...
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Estonian MP: Korean peninsula must become nuclear-free
TALLINN – It is in the interests of Estonia and all Western allies that the Korean peninsula become nuclear-free, chairman of the Estonian parliament's foreign affairs committee Marko Mihkelson said in a meeting with a delegation of South Korean MPs on Friday. During the meeting of the Estonian parliament's foreign affairs committee with the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the parliament of South Korea, Shim Jae-Kwon, and members of the committee expanding cooperation in the cyber field and trade and the security political situation on the Korean peninsula were discussed, spokespeople for the Riigikogu said   Read More ...
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Places: Asia |  N.E. Asia |  Estonia | 
Administrative reform changes over half a million addresses in Estonia
TALLINN – About 555,000 addresses across Estonia changed as a result of the administrative reform the outcome of which became official with the declaration of the results of the Oct. 15 local polls, including some 300,000 addresses of dwellings and workplaces. "The changes to addresses brought about by the administrative reform have been entered into the address data system of the Land Board   Read More ...
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More than 1,000 events to be held during year of Estonia's 100th anniversary
TALLINN – The year of 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will bring along more than 1,000 events to celebrate the country's birthday, head of the EV100 organizing team Jaanus Rohumaa said at a press briefing on Thursday. "The program of the jubilee year for the most part consists of events that the people of Estonia have wanted to gift to each other," Rohumaa said   Read More ...
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Estonian president says would like to see closer cooperation between Europe, Africa - The Baltic Times
TALLINN - The presidents of Estonia and Rwanda, Kersti Kaljulaid and Paul Kagame, in their meeting in Kigali on Thursday evening talked about cooperation between the countries in international organizations and in the digital domain, observing that cooperation between Europe and Africa in digital affairs could be much more intense. "Just like Estonia is a champion of digital topics in Europe, Rwanda is the champion of Africa in that domain   Read More ...
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Estonian EU presidency decreases capability of police to catch drunk drivers
TALLINN - Providing security for the events held in Tallinn in the framework of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union drained the resources of the police to catch drunk drivers. Compared to the year before, the police in the second half of the summer managed to conduct a quarter less inebriation checks, while the share of drunk drivers caught at the same time has nevertheless increased, the public broadcaster ERR wrote on Wednesday   Read More ...
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Estonia, Iceland have the most internet freedom
TALLINN - Internet freedom is highest globally in Estonia and Iceland, according to the newest edition of a report from Freedom House titled "Freedom on the Net." Freedom House assessed 65 countries on their levels of internet and digital media freedom, based on a methodology developed with international experts. The survey that covers 87 percent of the world's internet users tracks improvements and declines in government policies and practices each year   Read More ...
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Tags: Internet |  Internet Freedom | 
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Number of employed people exceeds boom-time level
TALLINN – The employment rate in Estonia in the third quarter of 2017 stood at 68.3 percent, the highest it has been in 20 years, and the Ministry of Finance said that the number of employed persons exceeded the boom-time level by 2,000 people, even though the working-age population has decreased by 70,000 people. According the labor force survey of Statistics Estonia, the number of employees in the third quarter of this year increased by 2 percent or 13,300 people on year to 666,000 people, while unemployment fell to 5   Read More ...
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Embassy perplexed by Estonia accusing arrested Russian of being FSB agent
TALLINN - The Russian embassy in Tallinn is perplexed by the Estonian authorities' statement that Russian citizen Alexei Vasilyev, aged 20, who has been arrested in the country, is an agent of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). "We are perplexed why the Estonian authorities said right after his detention that he is an FSB agent," Russian ambassador to Estonia Alexander Petrov told Interfax on Monday   Read More ...
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Only 'miracles' can move Brexit talks forward by October, EU tells Britain
TALLINN, Estonia (Reuters) - Only "miracles" can move Brexit talks far enough forward to fulfil Britain's hopes of launching discussions next month on its future ties with the European Union, the head of the European Commission said on Friday (Sept 29). Prime Minister Theresa May has been hoping to use an informal EU meeting in the Estonian capital Tallinn to harness what she describes as renewed goodwill over Brexit to push the talks beyond the terms of the divorce, now just 18 months away   Read More ...
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The Latest: Estonian nationalists protest EU refugee quotas
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Latest on the European Union leaders' summit in Estonia (all times local): Some 150 protesters from Estonia's nationalist-conservative EKRE party have demonstrated outside a summit of EU leaders in Tallinn against the EU's immigration policies and its refugee quota system. They held banners in German and English urging the end to "multikulti", short for multi-cultural Europe, a reference often used in Estonia to describe Germany's society   Read More ...
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The Latest: Estonian nationalists protest EU refugee quotas
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Latest on the European Union leaders' summit in Estonia (all times local): Some 150 protesters from Estonia's nationalist-conservative EKRE party have demonstrated outside a summit of EU leaders in Tallinn against the EU's immigration policies and its refugee quota system. They held banners in German and English urging the end to "multikulti", short for multi-cultural Europe, a reference often used in Estonia to describe Germany's society   Read More ...
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Spanish police arrest Estonian head of Russian mafia group
TALLINN - Spanish police in the framework of an anti-Russian mafia operation in Costa del Sol on Tuesday searched the Marbella municipal stadium and four companies and among other people also arrested Arnold Tamm, the half-Estonian head of the Solntsevo group who in the 2000s appeared on nearly all of the lists naming important Russian underworld figures, the daily Eesti Paevaleht writes   Read More ...
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Estonian, French president discuss cooperation, future of EU
TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron met in Tallinn on Thursday evening, and spoke about bilateral cooperation in the fields of security and information technology as well as about the future and possible reforms of the European Union. "The French soldiers are standing side by side with our soldiers at Tapa, their fighter jets have guarded our airspace and will also guard it in the future, we are participating in missions in Africa   Read More ...
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Estonian man accused of conspiring to murder Hutch friend to face Special Criminal Court
Gardai from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau raided a premises in west Dublin on the morning of April 4 last, as part of an investigation into the Hutch-Kinahan feud. Imre Arakas, 58, with an address at Sopruse, Tallinn, Estonia, was charged on April 6 last and was then remanded in custody. He is accused of conspiring with others not before the courts to murder James Gately in Northern Ireland between April 3 and April 4   Read More ...
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Soviet mural enjoys rare Estonian restoration
A group of Estonian artists has restored a mural of a sailor at an abandoned Soviet naval base, in an effort to address their country's troubled history with Russia. Hilkka Hiiop, a professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts, led the restoration work at the naval club on the small island of Naissaar just off the shore near the capital, Tallinn   Read More ...
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Macron's EU vision faces reality check at Estonia dinner
TALLINN (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron can expound his ambitious new vision for the European Union when he meets his fellow EU leaders over dinner in Estonia on Thursday, but is likely to receive only a cautious hearing. The informal get-together in Tallinn, arranged on the fly before a “digital summit” on issues ranging from data and cybersecurity to taxing online businesses, has no set agenda and could range widely, even allowing for Prime Minister Theresa May to pitch her ideas on Britain’s looming exit from the EU   Read More ...
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Macron's EU vision faces reality check at Estonia dinner
TALLINN (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron can expound his ambitious new vision for the European Union when he meets his fellow EU leaders over dinner in Estonia on Thursday, but is likely to receive only a cautious hearing. The informal get-together in Tallinn, arranged on the fly before a "digital summit" on issues ranging from data and cybersecurity to taxing online businesses, has no set agenda and could range widely, even allowing for Prime Minister Theresa May to pitch her ideas on Britain's looming exit from the EU   Read More ...
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Estonian deputy minister: Time running out for Brexit negotiations
Estonian Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Matti Maasikas said on September 25 that time is running out for the United Kingdom to seal an agreement on leaving the European Union. "We really need to move forward now. Time is of the essence," Maasikas said ahead of the sitting of the General Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels, which he is to head as a representative of the Estonian EU presidency   Read More ...
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The larger the mix of traditions and digital novelties, the better for culture
Before entering politics, Indrek Saar, who graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Higher Drama (now, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre) in Tallinn, was for numerous years an actor and director of the Rakvere Theatre, and theater director and advisor at the NO99 theatre, where he was subsequently appointed chief executive officer. He has also served as Deputy Chairman of Rakvere City Council   Read More ...
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Estonian Refugee Council opens support center for refugees
NGO Estonian Refugee Council has opened a support center for refugees in the city center of Tallinn. Located on Liivalaia Street, it will organize regular workshops, question time, open reception times for refugees who do not have a support person, language cafes, film screenings and other events, the aim of which is to support the coping and adaption of recipients of international protection, representatives of the NGO said   Read More ...
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Estonia supports directing additional EUR 300 m into healthcare
The Estonian government has approved amendments to laws connected to funding healthcare, according to which the income basis of the Health Insurance Fund would be increased by directing additionally more than 300 m Euros into healthcare in the next five years, including 34 m Euros in 2018. "In April, the government decided to make additional contributions to healthcare for nonworking pensioners as of next year   Read More ...
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Tags: Medical Care | 
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Danske Bank expands investigation into activity of Estonian branch
Danske Bank has expanded its ongoing investigation into the customers and transactions of its Estonian branch from 2007 to 2015. The preliminary investigation carried out by regulatory consulting firm Promontory Financial Group showed that the bank's Estonian branch had several major deficiencies that led to the branch not being sufficiently effective in preventing it from potentially being used for money laundering in the period from 2007 to 2015   Read More ...
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Estonia's organization of public procurements gets high appraisal from EC
The organization of public procurements greater in value than the international threshold has improved significantly in Estonia over the past two years and has been rated as one of the best among EU member states, it appears from the Single Market Scoreboard published by the European Commission. Public procurements with a value higher than the international threshold were held for contracts worth altogether 1   Read More ...
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Mooste Manor - a gem among Estonian manors driving preservation of the architectural style
Lying on the shore of scenic Lake Mooste in Estonia, the century old Mooste Manor complex, notable when approaching it for its natural black slate roof, numerous dormers and cornices, and an art nouveau architectural style interior boasting typical details such as decorated tile stoves, wainscoting and coffered sunken ceiling tiles, is one of richest and best preserved collection of buildings in Estonia   Read More ...
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Estonian court sends to prison Syrian refugee man
Estonia's Harju County Court handed down a prison sentence of 10 years to a Syrian refugee who set his wife on fire. The court found 20-year-old Kovan Mohammad to be guilty and sent him to prison for 10 years. Kovan, then 19, committed the heinous crime on the evening of March 7, 2017, in an apartment located on Majaka Street in Tallinn   Read More ...
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Estonia: Pevkur slams Ratas over handling of ID card controversy, Ratas hits back
Hanno Pevkur, chairman of Estonia's largest opposition party, has accused Prime Minister Juri Ratas of overreacting in dealing with the potential security flaw found in Estonia's electronic ID card and thereby undermining the reputation of Estonia. The revelations about the breach were made in the beginning of August. Ratas, chairman of the Center Party, dismissed the claims of the leader of the Reform Party as cynical and advised Pevkur to refrain from disseminating conspiracy theories   Read More ...
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Estonia to submit November as candidate for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar
Estonia is to submit the film November, directed by Rainer Sarnet, as a candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. A seven-member committee made up of Ivo Felt, Martti Helde, Tonu Karjatse, Tiina Malberg, Matis Rei, Siim Rohtla and Edith Sepp selected the film unanimously, the Estonian Film Institute said. The international premiere of November took place at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York   Read More ...
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Estonia’s Eesti Energia to enter Finnish, Swedish electricity markets - The Baltic Times
The supervisory board and owner of the state-owned Estonian energy group Eesti Energia have given their approval for expanding the company's electricity retail business to the Finnish and Swedish markets and the company is planning to launch retail sales in both countries in the first half of next year. According to CEO of Eesti Energia Hando Sutter, a joint Nordic and Baltic energy market will give the opportunity to be present in Finland and Sweden as the energy companies of Estonia's neighboring countries have been operating in Estonia for a while, Eesti Energi   Read More ...
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OECD: Estonia must invest in productivity, green energy
The Estonian economic outlook is improving, with growth gaining momentum, wages increasing and a resilient export performance. It is now time to make growth stronger, greener and more inclusive, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD). The latest OECD Economic Survey of Estonia expects the economy to grow by more than four per cent this year   Read More ...
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Tags: Economy |  Economics | 
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EuroChem planning ammonia terminal at Estonia's Sillamae - The Baltic Times
The Russian manufacturer of fertilizers EuroChem Group AG is planning to set up an ammonia terminal at Sillamae, Estonia for 15 million Euros to supply an ammonia factory that is about to be built in the town of Kingisepp in Russia, not far from the Estonian-Russian border. The liquid chemicals terminal at Sillamae is operated by the EuroChem subsidiary EuroChem Terminal Sillamae AS, which made a profit of 2   Read More ...
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Estonia to deploy defense personnel to Mali, Afghanistan
The Estonian defense forces will deploy up to 20 personnel to two missions in Mali and up to six personnel to the training and advisory missions in Afghanistan in 2018, it appears from draft resolutions of the parliament drawn up by the Ministry of Defense. One of the drafts concerning Mali would extend the participation of up to ten Estonian military personnel in the EU training mission EUTM Mali until Dec   Read More ...
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Estonian parliament bans use of wild animals in circuses
TALLINN - The Estonian parliament on Tuesday approved amendments to the Animal Protection Act, which ban the use of wild animals in circuses. The public showing of animals is allowed with animals, whose characteristic behavioral traits or way of life enable to show them without damaging the health of the animal. The list of those animal species or subspecies, who are allowed to be presented on exhibitions, competitions, fairs, auctions or other public events concerning the gathering of animals, will be set by the minister of the field this question pertains to, which in this case is the minister of rural affairs   Read More ...
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Estonian president calls on young people to vote in local polls
TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid launched a campaign on social media which calls on young people to take part in the upcoming municipal government elections. A social media campaign initiated by Kaljulaid launched on Monday. The campaign calls on young people to take part in the local elections and share their ideas on what could be improved in their home town or region, spokespeople for the president said   Read More ...
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Estonian president: It is time for governments to invest in technology
TALLINN – It is time that governments start investing in technology by automating many operations but also changing the whole society, like it has been done in Estonia, President Kersti Kaljulaid said in an interview to Norway's leading newspaper Aftenposten. "It is high time for the governments to come together and acknowledge that they have to invest in technology that benefits their people," Kaljulaid told Aftenposten   Read More ...
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Estonian court sends to prison for 10 yrs Syrian refugee man who set wife on fire
TALLINN - Estonia's Harju county court on Friday handed down a prison sentence of 10 years to a Syrian refugee who set his wife on fire. The court found 20-year-old Kovan Mohammad to be guilty and sent him to prison for 10 years. The court started discussing the case on Sept. 11 behind closed doors. Kovan, then 19, committed the serious crime on the evening of March 7, 2017, in an apartment located on Majaka Street in Tallinn   Read More ...
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Estonian Prime Minister to Juncker: Europe needs bold ideas
TALLINN - Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Wednesday discussed with the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, how he wishes to move forward with the ambitious ideas that Juncker proposed in his speech to the European Parliament last week. Ratas described the ideas put forward by Juncker as bold. "I hope that President Juncker will soon put some flesh on the bones of these proposals and we can continue with in-depth discussions   Read More ...
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