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Estonia safe have n for Ukrainians
Estonia safe have n for Ukrainians
TALLINN - The number of asylum applications in Estonia by citizens hailing from war-torn Ukraine has risen sharply this year as they seek refuge and safety within EU borders. In contrast with application numbers last year – zero – between March this year, when the Russian Federation annexed the Crimean peninsula, and the end of August, this number had risen to 32. A further three applications have been submitted since then, taking the total applications from Ukraine to Estonia to 35 in 8 months. These figures merely refer to those Ukrainians seeking a permanent home in Est...  Full story...
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 Oct 01, 2014 - Clearing brush first step in border demarcation...
Clearing brush first step in border demarcation
TALLINN - Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur and Environment Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus have agreed that the most important thing needed to start demarcation of the Estonian-Russian border is to start clearing the control line. This is expected to be done by the State Forest Management Center (RMK), reports LETA. “The situation at the Estonian border in ter...
 Sep 03, 2014 - Baltic Way: ‘unique event’ in European history...
Baltic Way: ‘unique event’ in European history
TALLINN - Prime Minister Taavi Roivas attended the Baltic Way’s 25th anniversary commemorative event in Riga on Aug. 24, where in a speech he noted that the mass event organized in 1989 was a unique event in the recent history of Europe, reports LETA. “The Baltic Way was the greatest mass demonstration held by our peoples in our history,” said Roivas, adding that it was th...
 Sep 03, 2014 - Mihkelson argues for permanent NATO presence...
Mihkelson argues for permanent NATO presence
TALLINN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited Latvia last month, on Aug. 18 said that NATO will defend the Baltic States should there be need for it, but she ruled out the possibility that NATO would set up permanent bases in the Baltics. Estonian leaders, however, continue to reiterate that NATO’s presence in the Baltic region must grow, reports Public Broadcasting. Merkel rul...
 Sep 03, 2014 - Obama visits Tallinn in show of solidarity...
Obama visits Tallinn in show of solidarity
TALLINN - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Tallinn on Sept. 3, partaking in his first visit to the Baltic region for discussions with Baltic leaders over rising tensions due to the conflict in Ukraine. This is the first visit by a U.S. president since Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush visited the region in May 2005 as part of the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the en...
 Aug 06, 2014 - Defense law to be upgraded...
Defense law to be upgraded
TALLINN - The new state defense law that was sent for a round of approvals to different state institutions will make the prime minister the highest military head in Estonia, reports Postimees. The aim of the bill is to modernize Estonia’s defense and guarantee leadership of the state with clear command lines. The current state defense basics are considered outdated and comparable to the...
 Jul 03, 2014 - Early Ukraine crisis resolution unlikely, says Ilv...
Early Ukraine crisis resolution unlikely, says Ilves
TALLINN - Pesident Toomas Hendrik Ilves said in an interview to Estonian public radio Vikerraadio on the eve of Victory Day - celebrated on June 23 - that, due to the steps taken by Russia in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine, the world is back in the years just after the Second World War, reports Public Broadcasting. Ilves added, though, that there are many in Europe who still see Russia’s ...
 Jul 03, 2014 - Ilves remembers crimes of mass deportations...
Ilves remembers crimes of mass deportations
TALLINN - In a speech dedicated to the June 1941 deportations, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on June 14 reminded Estonians that “The brutally cold wave of deportations affected the whole of Estonia, all of our people,” reports Delfi. “Crimes of Communism and Nazism, deportations, the Holocaust and the Holodomor are crimes against humanity that we must not forget,” said ...
 Jun 04, 2014 - Cohabitation rules to protect partnerships...
Cohabitation rules to protect partnerships
TALLINN - The Estonian government supported on May 22 a bill on cohabitation, which allows couples who, for some reason, cannot get married or do not want to get married but who want legal guarantees, to register their cohabitation, reports Public Broadcasting. The bill creates the possibility of concluding gender-neutral cohabitation agreements with the aim to guarantee adequate protection...



 Oct 01, 2014 - Poll shows resistance to drink...
TALLINN - A poll commissioned by the Estonian Health Development Institute indicates that public drinking is a firm taboo in the eyes of many Eston...
 Oct 01, 2014 - First step taken in 2015 campa...
TALLINN - Social Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Sven Mikser made the opening move of SDP’s election campaign for the March 2015 parliament e...
 Oct 01, 2014 - Eesti in brief...
Tax and Customs Board department deputy director Raul Koppelmaa said that an estimated 4,000-5,000 people in Estonia are involved in smuggling and ...
 Sep 03, 2014 - New education center pushes sc...
TALLINN - President Toomas Hendrik Ilves attended the opening of the new physics building of the University of Tartu (Physicum) on Aug. 25, reports...
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