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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 intercepts Russian jets near Estonian airspace

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US could put missile defence system in Estonia

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Pence begins 3-nation European tour in NATO member Estonia

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EU ministers mull migrant support for crisis-hit Italy

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How Estonia is leading the way to our digital future
Estonia has become a leader in technology and innovation, but how? For Estonian-born CEO and co-founder of TransferWise, Taavet Hinrikus, the answer is in the past. "We (Estonia) kind of started rebuilding the nation in 1991 after we became independent again. And we did things the smart way." Formerly a part of the Soviet Union, since gaining its independence Estonia has reinvented itself by modernizing and digitising many of its old analogue systems   Read More ...
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Finland raises yearly allowance for Estonians who fought with Finnish forces to EUR 2000
TALLINN - The government of Finland has decided to raise the size of the annual allowance paid to Estonian volunteers who fought with the Finnish army in World War II to 2000 euros from the present 590 euros. The increase in the allowance for Estonian volunteers who fought with Finnish forces in 1941-1944 has been set out in Finland's state budget, Iltalehti newspaper said   Read More ...
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Estonian president emphasizes need to reform UN at General Assembly
TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday Estonian time made a speech at the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, with participants including leaders of all world countries, in which she spoke about hotbeds of conflict, the migration crisis, cyber security and the need to reform the UN. The president highlighted the fact that the world has become more unpredictable and said that too many countries have to suffer from unsolved conflicts   Read More ...
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Agriculture Ministry to consult ministries in Lithuania, Estonia about jointly seeking aid for flood-stricken farmers in the Baltics
RIGA - The Agriculture Ministry will consult the agriculture ministries of Estonia and Lithuania about jointly seeking the European Commission's aid for the flood-stricken farmers in the three Baltic countries, as the Agriculture Ministry told LETA after a meeting with non-governmental agricultural organizations today. During the meeting, Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs (Greens/Farmers) and farmers discussed the dire situation in multiple rural areas in Latvia following adverse weather in the summer that was followed by heavy rains in September   Read More ...
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Estonian president discusses migration crisis with colleagues at Arraiolos meeting
TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid who discussed the migration crisis with her colleagues at the Arraiolos meeting in Malta said that it is long-term and it has no short-term or simple solutions. "We have to be ready to contribute long-term to the projects necessary for solving the crisis," Kaljulaid was quoted by spokespeople as saying at the second work session of the meeting which was dedicated to the security of the Mediterranean region and migration issues   Read More ...
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Nato concerned Russia using war games as 'Trojan horse'
TALLINN, ESTONIA: From planes, radars and ships in the Baltics, Nato officials said they are watching Russia's biggest war games since 2013 with "calm and confidence", but many are unnerved about what they see as Moscow testing its ability to wage war against the West. Nato believes the exercises, officially starting yesterday in Belarus, the Baltic Sea, western Russia and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, are already underway   Read More ...
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Alleged gang leader brought to Estonia from Spain
TALLINN - Vjatseslav Gulevits, an alleged Estonian drug kingpin arrested in Spain on the basis of an international arrest warrant issued by Estonia, was brought to Estonia at the end of last week, public broadcaster ERR reported. Gulevits, known in the Estonian criminal world as leader of the so-called Kemerovo criminal group by the alias Slava Kemerovski, was arrested in Mijas in Malaga province of Spain at the beginning of August, the report said   Read More ...
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Lithuania considers carrying out another key energy project without Latvia, Estonia - The Baltic Times
VILNIUS - With the three Baltic countries yet again failing to find a common position, Lithuania is considering carrying out a key strategic energy project for synchronizing the power grid with the Western European system without Latvia and Estonia. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said unexpectedly during his visit to Warsaw last week that an agreement would be signed with Poland shortly   Read More ...
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Estonian president hails parliaments readiness to work together with entrepreneurs
TALLINN - In her speech opening the fall session of the Estonian parliament, President Kersti Kaljulaid recognized the parliament for its initiative to support innovative entrepreneurs and, referring to the alleged security flaw in the chip of the Estonian electronic ID card revealed last week, said that despite potential setbacks Estonia will always be known in the world as a country that dares   Read More ...
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Estonian president: There's no blue-black-and-white gene pool
TALLINN - In her speech at the opening of the fall session of the Estonian parliament, President Kersti Kaljulaid criticized politicians who have made racist remarks and, in a reference to the colors of the Estonian flag, stressed that there is no such thing as a blue-black-and-white gene pool. Expressing her respect for MPs for their participation in the democratic process and readiness to give up the role of an onlooker to present and defend their ideas, knowing that while not technically perfect, the solutions offered by them are the best possible compromises that society is ready to accept, the president said that that obviously there have been people in the Riigikogu chamber and are also now who have either intentionally, out of stupidity or carelessness made their contribution to it that the profession of a politician has a negative image in Estonia   Read More ...
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Estonia to correct fault in law allowing convicted murderers to work with children
TALLINN - Estonian government ministries are working on a legislative amendment that would make it illegal for persons convicted of murder to work with children later on in their life despite the expungement of the punishment, Postimees said. The need to change the law, which does not impose such a restriction on people convicted under the law that was effect until 2002, became clear following a disclosure by the Radar program of Kanal 2 television that a person sentenced to jail for premeditated killing of a person and attempted murder has been working as a mathematics teacher in different Tallinn schools for nine years   Read More ...
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Estonian job vacancies hit 9-year high
TALLINN – There were approximately 12,000 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organizations of Estonia in the second quarter of 2017, the highest such number in the past nine years, Statistics Estonia said on Friday. Compared to the second quarter of 2016, when the number of job vacancies was 9,500, the number of vacancies in the second quarter of this year was bigger by 26 percent   Read More ...
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ECB's Draghi rejects Estonia's virtual currency idea
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank’s president criticized on Thursday a proposal by the Estonian government to launch a state-managed digital currency, reaffirming instead that the euro was the only valid money in the euro area. A rise in popularity in so called cryptocurrencies, which are normally issued by private companies and exist only in electronic form, has been worrying the ECB, which has said they could in theory erode its control over the supply of money   Read More ...
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Kaitseliit to test communication system developed by Estonian company
TALLINN – Estonia's Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps and the company Uniraja OU have signed an agreement under which Kaitseliit will test the SecureChat communication system being developed by Uniraja. The company has been working closely with the Saaremaa region of Kaitseliit for several years. Since the communication system has demonstrated itself as robust and reliable during training exercises, Kaitseliit decided to start testing SecureChat on a broader scale, spokespeople for Kaitseliit said   Read More ...
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Estonian Prime Minister cancels visit to Poland due to ID card crisis
TALLINN - Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said on Tuesday that he called off a visit to Poland as a result of the detection of a potential security risk in the chip of the Estonian ID card. Ratas offered his apologies to the prime minister of Poland and his Baltic colleagues, whom he was due to meet in Warsaw, saying that he considered it more important to remain at home to make the next decisions to solve the problem   Read More ...
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Security risk detected in Estonian ID card
TALLINN - A security risk has been identified with 750,000 Estonian ID cards issued after Oct. 16, 2014, spokespeople for the government said on Tuesday. The Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) said that an international group of researches on Aug. 30 notified RIA of the detection of a security risk which affects ID cards issued in Estonia since October 2014. "According to the current estimate of Estonian experts, the security risk exists and we will continue checking the claims of the scientists," RIA Director General Taimar Peterkop said in a press release   Read More ...
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Israeli company wanting to test self-driving equipment of cars in Estonia
TALLINN – The Israeli technology company Mobileye is wanting to test solutions which assist drivers and in the future enable self-driving on Estonian roads, the daily Eesti Paevaleht writes. Raz Peleg, sales director of the Eastern and Central Europe division of Mobileye, an Israeli company newly acquired by Intel, paid a visit to Tallinn last week. Mobileye's technology has two functions, the first of which helps to prevent collision   Read More ...
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Lessons Learned on Frosty Roads Help Estonian Kaia Kanepi Gain Traction at U.S. Open
Sometime between driving on an icy road in Finland and throwing a medicine ball with an Olympic champion discus thrower in Estonia, Kaia Kanepi realized that she missed tennis. Kanepi was on the verge of quitting the sport at the end of last year, plagued by various maladies, including plantar fasciitis in both feet and a bout with Epstein-Barr virus, an energy-zapping autoimmune illness   Read More ...
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2016 financial report of Estonian state has no major faults
TALLINN – Estonia's National Audit Office is of the opinion that the 2016 financial statements of the state are accurate in all material respects, which means that they give a true and fair view of the state's financial position as well as its financial performance and cash flow for the year ended. Accounting in state agencies, foundations controlled by the state and public undertakings is predominantly well organised and the financial statements are predominantly free of material misstatement, the National Audit Office said on Friday   Read More ...
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Russian complaint brings accusation of censorship for Estonia - The Baltic Times
TALLINN - The Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Index on Censorship organization campaigning for freedom of expression have criticized Estonia this week for refusal to give accreditation to three Russian journalists to an European Union ministerial meeting to be held in Tallinn, Postimees said. Specifically, Estonia has refused the requests of Brussels based correspondent Vladimir Dobrovolskiy, and of Moscow based journalists Maria Kiseleva and Anastasia Sedelnikova to cover an EU foreign and defense ministers meeting to be held at the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) on Sept   Read More ...
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Russian embassy criticizes Estonia for not giving accreditation to journalists
TALLINN - The Russian embassy in Tallinn criticized the decision of Estonian authorities to not give accreditation to journalists of the Russian government's news agency Rossiya Segodnya and according to the embassy this shows that the freedom of speech is selective in Estonia. "The fight of the Estonian state against the Russian mass media crosses all imaginable lines," it is written in the embassy's statement   Read More ...
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Estonia among countries with lowest risk of money laundering - The Baltic Times
TALLINN – According to the Basel Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Index, Estonia is among world countries with the lowest risk of money laundering and terrorism financing. The Basel AML Index is an annual ranking assessing the risk of countries regarding money laundering and terrorism financing. It focuses on anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing frameworks and other related factors such as financial and public transparency and judicial strength   Read More ...
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Estonian Prime Minister presents all schools with European Union flag
TALLINN - Prime Minister Juri Ratas has presented all Estonian general education and vocational schools with a flag of the European Union on the occasion of the beginning of the new schoolyear. "Estonia is the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time, and to mark this historic occasion Prime Minister Juri Ratas presented every general education school and vocational education establishment in Estonia with a flag of the European Union," the prime minister's press service said   Read More ...
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Estonia would do best to accumulate reserves
TALLINN – The current growth rates of the Estonian economy surpass the economy's potential, which is why the economy does not need an additional stimulus and the country would be best served if extra money was set aside for more difficult times, Kaspar Oja, economist at the Bank of Estonia, said commenting on second quarter GDP data. "Corporate surveys that describe the position in the economic cycle, including assessments of labor shortages and capacity utilization, are above the average for the economic cycle, indicating a positive output gap   Read More ...
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Greater demand for labor may accelerate wage growth
TALLINN – In the future wage growth in Estonia may be sped up even further by strong demand for labor, whereas growth in real wages has slowed down as a result of faster inflation, Orsolya Soosaar, economist at the Bank of Estonia, said in her commentary on second quarter wage data. Boosted by strong demand for labor, growth in wages picked up in the second quarter and was close to the average rate of 2016, Soosaar said   Read More ...
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EU's leftists accuse Estonia of politicizing EU presidency
The European Parliament's European United Left - Nordic Green Left group has criticised the conference titled "The Legacy of the Crimes of Communist Regimes in 21st Century Europe" that was to be held in Tallinn on August 23 by accusing Estonia of politicizing its EU presidency, the Euractiv news portal writes.   Read More ...
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Estonia to likely support Alexela in Paldiski LNG terminal dispute
Estonia is to likely support Alexela in the latter's dispute with the European Commission in connection with the Commission‘s decision not to support building the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Paldiski.   Read More ...
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Out of Soviet repression, Estonia’s ‘The Fencer’ is feel-good winner
There aren’t many films set during an era of Soviet repression that qualify as feel-good, heart-tugging sports films in the “Hoosiers” vein, but “The Fencer,” the true story of a top foil artist who eludes Soviet agents by hiding out in a small town and teaching kids fencing, is that kind of winner. Entirely filmed in Estonia, mostly in the town of Haapsalu, where the real events happened, “The Fencer” was nominated for a Golden Globe for best foreign-language film   Read More ...
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Pro Kapital concludes contract for sale of Tallinn and Riga hotels
AS Pro Kapital Grupp, an Estonian-based holding company has concluded in late July the contracts for the sale of group hotels PK Ilmarine and PK Riga. The object of the Transaction is the sale of both operating activities and real-estate of hotels. Transactions concerning the Estonian segment involved the sale of 100% shares of OU Hotel Management Services, operator of PK Ilmarine Hotel, and sale of real-estate used by PK Ilmarine Hotel, including parking   Read More ...
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Estonia to build EURO 1.7 m worth of water supply networks
The confidence index of Estonian industrial enterprises fell 2 points month over month to 11 points in August, compared with 8 points registered for August 2016, data available from the Estonian Institute of Economic Research shows. The expectation concerning an increase in output volumes soared 14 points to 28 points, while the indicator was at 24 points in August 2016. The assessment of managers, when it comes to inventories, rose to -6 points in August from -12 points in July, and -6 points in August 2016   Read More ...
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Minister: Estonia, NATO await greater transparency from Zapad exercise
Estonia and NATO are keeping a close eye on preparations for the Zapad joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus and await from both countries greater transparency and observance of international obligations in letter, as well as spirit, Estonia's Defense Minister Juri Luik said on Friday, August 25. "In Zapad we have a joint training exercise of Belarus and Russia, in regard to which we expect to see much greater transparency and observance of international agreements both before the exercise and during it," Luik said according to remarks published on t   Read More ...
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Tallinn’s RE buyer market sees oversupply despite buoyant demand
The Estonian real estate market has been robust and viable despite an increase in prices. The reasons behind higher RE prices for apartments are low interest rates, rise in salaries, hence Estonians with more free money tend to buy apartments as an investment. Interestingly, 40% of the deals took place without a bank loan and overall 10-20% of the apartments were bought as investments, Tarmo Kase, the CEO of Ober-Haus Real Estate Advisors, told The Baltic Times   Read More ...
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Estonia among countries least accepting migrants - The Baltic Times
Estonia ranks among the ten countries that are least accepting of migrants, it appears from a survey taken by the polling agency Gallup. Estonia scored 2.37 points in Gallup's new Migrant Acceptance Index, out of a possible 9.0, being ninth from the bottom overall and one of the ten countries that scored a 2.39 or lower. According to the survey, the country the least accepting of migrants is Macedonia with a score of 1   Read More ...
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MEP introduces Estonia's UN ambitions to Arab League countries
Estonian MEP and former minister of foreign affairs Urmas Paet met with ambassadors to the United Nations of Arab League countries in order to present to them Estonia's candidacy to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021. "We spoke about digital capabilities, cyber defense and security, Estonia's past and future, the Middle East, peacekeeping and humanitarian crises   Read More ...
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Estonia's industrial confidence indicators fall in August
The confidence index of Estonian industrial enterprises fell 2 points month over month to 11 points in August, compared with 8 points registered for August 2016, data available from the Estonian Institute of Economic Research shows. The expectation concerning an increase in output volumes soared 14 points to 28 points, while the indicator was at 24 points in August 2016. The assessment of managers, when it comes to inventories, rose to -6 points in August from -12 points in July, and -6 points in August 2016   Read More ...
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EU's leftists accuse Estonia of politicizing EU presidency
The European Parliament's European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group has criticised the conference titled "The Legacy of the Crimes of Communist Regimes in 21st Century Europe" that was to be held in Tallinn on August 23 by accusing Estonia of politicizing its EU presidency, the Euractiv news portal writes. Greek Minister of Justice Stavros Kontonis has turned down an invitation to participate in the conference The Estonian EU Presidency said that the event on the Day of Remembrance for Victims of Communist and Nazi Regimes w   Read More ...
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Estonia: Lemeks to build EUR 30 mln plywood plant in Jogeva County
The Estonian forest and wood processing company AS Lemeks is to build a birch veneer and plywood factory for 30 million euros in Viruvere, Jogeva County which will employ 120 to 150 people. In July 2017 the company set up a subsidiary, Estonian Plywood AS, which is to produce birch veneer and plywood, for which the company has purchased nearly 10 hectares of industrial land near the town of Jogeva   Read More ...
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Estonia to likely support Alexela in Paldiski LNG terminal dispute
Estonia is to likely support Alexela in the latter's dispute with the European Commission in connection with the Commission‘s decision not to support building the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Paldiski. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Lithuania's Klaipeda terminal does not ensure the alternative gas supply reliability. Estonia wants to get involved in the court dispute in the framework of which Alexela's subsidiary Balti Gaas has brought an action against the European Commission in connection with the decision   Read More ...
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Estonia denies entry to Russian journalists wishing to attend EU foreign ministers meeting
TALLINN - Estonia has refused to give accreditation to employees of Russian government's news agency Rossiya Segodnya, who wished to attend the informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the European Union to be held in Tallinn at the beginning of September. "Estonian institutions reserve the right to not accredit or consider as media publications channels -- channels of the Rossiya Segodnya --, the newsrooms of which are not independent and which do not follow good journalistic practice   Read More ...
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Estonian Prime Minister calls for development of digital connections
TALLINN - Opening the second day of the 29th International Baltic Road Conference, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas called for the participants to develop and test new technological solutions and emphasized that the journey to a digital society means cost savings and economic growth under the conditions of increased competition. The prime minister said that Estonia has developed the e-state for approximately 20 years and implementing different e-services has brought a fast development in the IT sector and laid the groundwork for the growth of businesses, which offer innovative products and services   Read More ...
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