Week in pictures: November 2-8 ({{commentsTotal}})

No more Estonian Air as of November 8, 2015.
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Photo: No more Estonian Air as of November 8, 2015. Author: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Last week was a rather scandalous one in Estonia, with its national airline going bust and lack of communication in the government.

The story of the week is undoubtedly the bankcruptcy of Estonian Air, announced after the European Commission ruled that the state aid the airline received from the government as being in breach of fair competition rules and must be paid back. The void left in the market was filled immediately, with Nordic Aviation Group, the company set up by the government in anticipation of an unfavorable decision from the EC, taking over most of the routes, and several regional airlines also announcing their plans to increase the number of flights to Tallinn.

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) deployed a 25-man unit called ESTPOL1 on a month-long mission to Slovenia on Wednesday. The 23 male and 2 female officers will help their Slovenian colleagues with tens of thousands of refugees passing through their borders.

On Thursday, Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu and his Latvian and Lithuanian colleagues signed a joint memorandum on Soviet reparations. It later turned out that Reinsalu had signed the declaration on his own initiative, without having informed the prime minister or the cabinet about it first.

Semifinalists of Eesti Laul, Estonia's pre-Eurovision competition, were also announced on Thursday. You can listen to the songs already released here.

Editor: M. Oll



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