Lutheran Church elects new Archbishop ({{commentsTotal}})

EELK, the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church today named Urmas Viilma as its new head, after Andres Põder stepped down on Saturday after he turned 65, passing the maximum age set for the archbishop.

Viilma, who is currently the Chancellor of the church's consistory, received 32 votes in the 57-member Estonian Church Council in an election today. He was elected in the second round of voting after the first round failed to name a clear winner.

Viilma is only 41, having studied at the Institute of Theology in Tallinn before being ordained in 1993. He has also taught religion at schools for the past 20 years and held a number of jobs in the Church.

Bishop Einar Soone will continue as a caretaker until February 2, when Viilma is sworn in.

He is thought to be the most conservative of the candidates, after Joel Luhamets decided to pull out a few weeks ago.

Kallas, Kasemets, Maasikas: EU is strong, no upside to losing the euro

Speaking on Vikerraadio's "Reporteritund" ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Siim Kallas, Keit Kasemets and Matti Maasikas agreed that despite its prblems, the EU remained strong as a union.

Opinion digest: How can Estonia shed its reputation as a frontline state?

In a recent opinion piece in Postimees, Propastop, a blog maintained by Estonian Defence Forces volunteers, listed suggestions on how Estonia could shed its international reputation as a frontline state.