Week in Pictures: September 14-20 ({{commentsTotal}})

Last week saw a massive protest meeting when farmers gathered to Toompea to demand aid. American military presence in the country became more visible again as General Martin Dempsey visited and USAF C5M Super Galaxy landed in Ämari. In more concerning news, three policemen took their own lives, in unrelated circumstances.

On Monday, farmers gathered in Toompea, demanding that the government compensate the losses accumulated due to Russian sanctions and the African Swine Fever.

General Martin Dempsey, the highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces, was on a two-day working visit to Estonia.

In a built-up to further military exercises, one of the largest cargo planes in the world, US Air Force's C5M Super Galaxy landed in Ämari.

In terms of aviation, the state also announced that it has set aside funds to create a new replacement airline, should the long-troubled Estonian Air go bust after an unfavorable decision from the European Commission about the state aid it received a few years ago.

On Wednesday, a border guard officer committed suicide at work after being told he is under investigation for sexual exploitation of minors. If was later revealed that two more employees of the Police and Border Guard Service killed themselves last week.

On Thursday, conductor Paavo Järvi was presented with “Artist of the Year” award at Gramophone Awards in London and thousands of people went to Kadriorg park to enjoy the annual light festival.

Editor: M. Oll



Siim Kallas.

Interview: Siim Kallas on ambitions, Estonian politics, and EU presidency

Following the local elections in October this year, Reform Party founder, former prime minister, EU commissioner, and presidential candidate Siim Kallas took on the job of municipal mayor of Viimsi, a community on the outskirts of Tallinn. In his interview with ERR's Toomas Sildam, Kallas talks about local government, his party, the EU presidency, and perspectives in Estonian politics.

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