Televising the Revolution
Illustration by Toon Vugts
Illustration by Toon Vugts
A European Reassurance Initiative program was announced by President Obama on Tuesday in Poland to give needy Eastern European republics more peace of mind.
Tartu, Vilnius, Pärnu....who wouldn't want in on a sleek, 240 kph Rail Baltic line to Germany? With narrower interests especially vocal in recent weeks, it's looking like it will be a long, long journey...
With only four large parties represented in Parliament and undecided as well as disillusioned voters increasing, several politicians have plans to compete for a slice. Jaan Männik and Kristiina Ojuland are two of them.
Illustration by Toon Vugts
What's next for Kaur Kender, writer and self-styled heart surgeon, after a short-lived posting as Sirp editor? Our artist, Toon Vugts, speculates that perhaps there's room in Kender's vision for a soon to be vacant senior post.
At a Wednesday earing, Harju County Court granted additional time for the Office of the Prosecutor General and the defendants in the case of a criminal organization involved in the illegal issuing of official documents to negotiate plea bargains.
Latvia is ready to sign the international agreement on the implementation of the Rail Baltic European-gauge railroad project.
Police in Estonia have arrested Ivo Milli, technical director of the infrastructure engineer service of North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH), Northern Estonia's largest hospital, as a suspect in corruption.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will be visiting Estonia and Finland on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
The first troops of the multinational NATO battalion to be stationed in Lithuania will be arriving next week, with the full battalion arriving by June, while the battalion to be stationed in Estonia is scheduled to arrive during the spring and Latvia's battalion to arrive by June.
Estonian MEP Indrek Tarand was named one of the candidates for the positions of vice-presidents in the European Parliament, the elections for which are Wednesday.
A bigger wave of ID-card replacements is expected this year, as new ID-cards were issued in 2012 with a validity period of five years. Nearly 200,000 Estonian citizen ID-cards and 150,000 passports will expire in 2017.
Rail Baltic will be of importance to Estonia’s national defense, but only before an actual armed conflict. Though it makes the large-scale transport of equipment and troops to the Baltic states possible, in case of an attack it is vulnerable, and would likely be cut off very soon.
The government will discuss a proposal by the Ministry of Finance on Thursday calling for the introduction of a deposit tax on businesses’ loans to parent companies abroad. Currently loans are used to move untaxed profits out of the country on a large scale.
On Tuesday, the Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs approved the conditions for applying for agricultural crisis support, funded by the EU and Estonia, totaling 16.2 million euros. Applications for the support, which is open to farmers who had cows at the beginning of December or pigs at the beginning of May, will be open as of Jan. 30.
The Riigikogu’s National Defence Committee heard representatives of the Estonian Defence Industry Association (EDIA) on Tuesday, getting an overview of the state and activities of the sector. Both the association and the committee see export potential, and think that legislation should be adapted where needed to support them.
Rain Rosimannus, considered the mastermind of Estonia’s Reform Party, recently formalized, via a Singaporean business, his holding in Arsenal Centre, a shopping center opened in Põhja-Tallinn last fall whose property was sold by state real estate firm Riigi Kinnisvara AS (RKAS) in a selection procedure of remarkably short duration as a result of decisions made by politicians of the ruling IRL and Reform coalition. The RKAS board was headed at the time by Taavi Rõivas.
While last May healthcare workers had demanded 68 million euros for a pay increase, a total of 23.6 million euros of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund's (EHIF) 2017 budget has been earmarked for covering their potential wage hikes.
Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Misker said on Tuesday that he did not support the idea of easing sanctions imposed on Russia as a result of its actions in Ukraine as a reward for Moscow cooperating in some other area.
A bill introduced by the Ministry of Education and Research provides for the allocation of 55.3 million euros to 22 local governments in order to support the modernization of school buildings as a part of the reorganization of the country's school network.
U.S. Ambassador to Estonia James D. Melville, Jr. and Estonian Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna on Tuesday signed a bilateral agreement on defense cooperation between the U.S. and Estonia that will regulate in more detail the status of members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents as well as contractors of the U.S. Armed Forces residing in Estonia.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) gave an overview of the current research and development situation as well as the government’s related policy in the Riigikogu on Tuesday. Ratas emphasized that the government’s goal was to improve cooperation between researchers and businesses.
Talking about foreign trade, there are no simple solutions, which is what makes it an unpopular topic with politicians. All the while, Estonia needs an active minister that could work in just that particular area, former minister of trade and entrepreneurship and current Reform Party MP Anne Sulling writes.
A new dictionary of the Kihnu dialect of Estonian, compiled by island natives Reene Leas, Silvi Murulauk and Reti Könninge as well as the late Saaremaa native linguist Ellen Niit, will be presented at a book release at the Museum of New Art in Pärnu on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12 p.m.
Enterprise Estonia marketing director Piret Reinson confirmed that an Estonian brand did not mean an Estonian logo and that there were no plans to introduce a new logo for the country, which is set to take over the presidency of the EU from Malta in the second half of this year.
Moscow is prepared to return to the ratification of the Estonian-Russian border treaty when bilateral relations are constructive, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court of Estonia on Monday accepted the Center Party's appeal against a court ruling in a case related to letters of guarantee issued by the party.
The Estonian presidency of the EU, which will last from July through December of this year, will bring scores of visitors to Estonia, all of whom must be accommodated as well. Hotel room rates will likely accordingly increase to above-average prices.
As the presiding country over the EU in the second half of this year, Estonia will bring future work-related topics into focus, Estonian Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski said at his meeting with French Minister of Labour Myriam El Khomri in Paris on Monday.
Two families of Syrian war refugees have arrived in Estonia from Greece under the EU's migrant relocation plan in January, according to data available on the Estonian government's homepage.
Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee: "We have a feeling it’s going to be a very eventful and interesting week!"
According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), at present the plan is to build three Rail Baltic train stops on the Estonian section of the Rail Baltic project, but more thorough analysis was needed to determine whether or not increasing that number would make sense.
While Russian news portal portnews.ru had reported in December that Russian gas trading company LNG Gorskaya LLC was planning on building a bunkering center for liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Port of Mõntu on Saaremaa, Estonia's largest island, which would be part of a 33 million euro project of the company, it has become clear by now that the planned LNG terminal will not be built there after all.
2016 brought with it a number of changes for Rakvere Theatre — including the opening of its long-awaited new movie and rehearsal hall, designed by Raul Vaiksoo, in the fall, the international theater festival Baltoscandal as well as the large-scale summer production of "At the End of the World" — which helped the theater log over 100,000 visits during the year.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas offered his condolences to the people of Kyrgyzstan on Monday over a plane crash that claimed dozens of lives.