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Inside the world's most advanced digital society - and what it's doing next

Apolitical | Posted 07.07.2016 | Impact
Apolitical

In the global race towards a modern digital government, one unlikely former Soviet republic is showing the rest of us the way forward. Named 'the mos...

Kalevi Kull: Censorship & Royal Society Evo Event

Suzan Mazur | Posted 07.03.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Founders of the Copenhagen-Tartu School of Biosemiotics at a Seminar in Estonia: (l-r) KALEVI KULL, Claus Emmeche, Jesper Hoffmeyer, Frederik Stjernfe...

Trump's Anti-NATO Stance and Praise for Putin May Haunt Him

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If you are in the U.S. keeping up with the outrageous, bizarre and controversial things Donald Trump has said since he announced his campaign for president can feel almost like a full-time job.

Europe in Flux: An Unusual Journey

Michael Haltzel | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Michael Haltzel

I have just returned from a ten-day trip with the somewhat unusual itinerary of Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Austria. The countries vary widely in virtually every way, but they share one characteristic of contemporary Europe: a struggle to adapt to rapid and wrenching change.

U.S. and NATO Should End New Cold War With Russia

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.22.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

It's good that NATO and Russia met. Dialogue should continue, with the EU and U.S. prepared to negotiate a deal normalizing relations.However, the allies won't know without trying. And everyone would benefit from ending the current impasse. Especially the Ukrainian people.

The Obstacle Is the Way, conclusion of the 10th Lennart Meri Conference

Maris Hellrand | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Maris Hellrand

Reporting with Ginger Guzman, Tallinn Building on the first half of the 10th annual Lennart Meri Conference, the latter half of the conference became...

Foreign Policy Titans Converge at the 10th Lennart Meri Conference

Maris Hellrand | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Maris Hellrand

When can you get the Estonian President, Prime Minister, Vice President of the EU, innumerable foreign ministers, ambassadors, and top think tankers all in the same place?

Lennart Meri and the 'New Normal'

Dr. Donald N. Jensen | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Dr. Donald N. Jensen

Meri, who was president of his country from 1992-2001, was widely admired for his erudition and fluency in several languages. He wrote books and made films on ethnic and historical subjects, creative endeavors unusual for a political leader save for that other artist-turned-statesman, Vaclav Havel.

Lennart Meri Conference set to discuss future of Europe and NATO ahead of the Warsaw summit

Maris Hellrand | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Maris Hellrand

Entitled "Shaping the New Normal" the 10th Lennart Meri Conference will focus on the future of Europe and the West from 13th to 15th May when outstand...

Despite Western Paranoia, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltic States

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

NATO expansion was considered a great success. But now the alliance realizes that it is obligated to war against nuclear-armed Russia on behalf of three essentially indefensible countries.

Western Paranoia Aside, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltics

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

What would Russia gain from attacking the Baltics? A recalcitrant, majority non-ethnic Russian population. A possible temporary nationalist surge at home. A likely short-lived victory over the West. The costs would be far greater.

U.S. to Spend More on Europe's Defense: Let the Europeans Pay Instead

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The U.S. plans on filling Eastern Europe with thousands of troops along with vehicles and weapons to equip an armored combat brigade. Uncle Sam may be bankrupt, but nothing is too expensive for our pampered European allies, who enjoy greater wealth while spending far less on the military.

Why Is NATO Inducting Military Midgets Like Montenegro?

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Montenegro neither threatens nor is threatened by anyone. Adding it to NATO is like accumulating Facebook Friends. They do little more than allow preening Washington officials to wander the globe gloating how popular the U.S. is.

Estonia's New Same-Sex Partnerships Law Prompts Legal Confusion

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A law allowing gay partnerships took effect in Estonia on Friday, but same-sex couples are being advised to hold off on getting hit...

7 Foodie Restaurants in Eastern Europe

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 12.03.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

The former communist bloc hasn't yet hit Michelin's radar but it has many star worthy restaurants and stellar chefs. The Iron Curtain has been pulled ...

Putin Is So Mad At Ukraine That He's Bombing Syria

John A. Tures | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Putin is trying to burnish his credentials as an international tough guy in Syria, fighting ISIS, or at least appearing to do so. In reality, he seems to be directing bombs against dictator Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered opposition these days. He's doing it, because that's just about all he can do these days.

Interview With Estonian Foreign Minister, Marina Kaljurand

Samuel Ramani | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Marina Kaljurand is Estonia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. Prior to becoming Foreign Minister in July 2015, she was a long-time Estonian diplomat, and an ambassador to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan and Israel.

Cyber Warfare and the New Digital Arms Race

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Cyberweaponry requires cyberdeterrence and new types of internet shields. Major U.S. corporations spend millions repairing damage from cyber infiltration, but devote hardly any resources to assessing potential risk sources and pre-emptive mitigation.

Giant Megaphones Let You Listen To The Forest

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts

Somewhere in Estonia, amid the lush green leaves, encroaching moss and dark bark of the country's forests, is a massive megaphone. Made of beautifully...

The Refugees I Have Known

Amy Roost | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Amy Roost

The refugees I have known didn't feel entitled to anything. They hated living off of food stamps, welfare, government cheese, and in an internment-like and/or poverty stricken communities. But they appreciated the assistance, making the best of what came their way.

The Most Underrated Tourist Attraction In Every EU Country

Thrillist | Posted 08.21.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Don't get me wrong, the Mona Lisa's got a lovely smile and all, but there's something soul-crushing about how she's displayed: stowed away in glass, surrounded by hordes of sightseers throwing up "gang symbols" and cheesy smiles for their selfie sticks.

Estonian Man Who Says Russia Abducted Him Sentenced To 15 Years

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

MOSCOW/TALLINN, Aug 19 (Reuters) - An Estonian police officer who says Russia abducted him in a cross-border raid was sentenced to 15 years in prison ...

Why Should Washington Confront Russia if Europeans Won't Protect Ukraine?

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Americans shouldn't be expected to protect their rich cousins even if the latter were devoted to protecting each other. That the Europeans expect the U.S. to do their job is yet another reason for Americans to say no more.

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.