• 2007-05-02
  • John Slade, Tallin
Without doubt the riots that have hit Tallinn and other parts of Estonia have been written in the stars for a long time, and the bronze statue just about ended any kind of normality that was put forward as face value.
Integration has never been big on the Estonian agenda other than the language police or grey passports. Frustration by young, mostly unemployed people with little or no hope of getting gainful employment is the door to civil unrest. This should be a wake-up call to the EU that all's not well in the garden and they should be more hands-on when handing out directives in regards to integration, starting with schools and the choice of language taught. Pandora's box is now open and the problems of Estonia are now to be seen by the whole world. Yet another five minutes of fame.


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