Dario Cavegn

Feature: What direct democracy could look like in Estonia

01.04.19 ... While EKRE chairman Mart Helme thinks that throwing out the Registered Partnership Act will be easy once the right to a popular referendum is in place, things aren't quite as easy as that. In fact, at this point, there has been no talk at all about the formidable legal project that direct democracy really is. Here is an idea what it could look like in practice in Estonia.

Editor's prediction: Centre to win, form next government with Reform Party

02.03.19 ... Time to risk a prediction, although the exact amount of risk involved might not be entirely scary: the Centre Party will win the election by a few mandates, enter difficult but successful coalition negotiations with its former arch-enemy, and eventually form a new government with the Reform Party.

E-Residency 2.0: Paradigm shift, hidden in bland new white paper

18.12.18 ... The e-Residency programme introduced its new white paper on Tuesday, outlining the next steps to be taken in Estonia's extension of its state services to non-physical residents. While the paper itself is rather on the bland side, offering little new information, the implications are in fact considerable, as two of the programme's masterminds explained to ERR News.

Do they really have to choose? Estonian citizenship explained in detail

04.11.18 ... The case of the Rutto family from Abkhazia, who lost their claim to Estonian citizenship following a recent Supreme Court ruling, has brought the issue of Estonian citizenship back into the media. Though the Rutto case concerns the matter of citizenship by birth, reactions have included other aspects as well, demonstrating once again how confusing the provisions of Estonia's Citizenship Act can be. What follows is an attempt to untangle things, strictly following the law: an overview of Estonian citizenship, who is entitled to it, who cannot lose it, who can, and why.

Interview: New ETV+ chief on ratings, audiences, challenges

03.11.18 ... Ekaterina Taklaja, who currently runs ERR's Russian-language web news, will be the new editor-in-chief of ETV+, ERR's Russian-language TV channel. In her interview with ERR News, she talks about the unique position of ETV+ in the Russian-language media landscape, and the challenges facing the channel.

Netherlands recruits Baltic states to compensate for effects of Brexit

12.06.18 ... The Netherlands is building new coalitions within the EU to compensate for the loss of the UK as the union's main free trade champion, and has found partners in the Baltic states. At the same time, a domestic policy issue involving gas supplies and the Dutch stance on Russia have the potential to put what has been dubbed the New Hanseatic League to the test.

In case of crisis, NATO lacking capability to quickly move troops eastwards

08.06.18 ... While NATO is working to establish a "credible deterrent" on its eastern flank, swift and large-scale allied troop movements across Europe currently aren't possible. The infrastructure as well as the planning capacity of the Cold War is largely gone and now needs to be rebuilt step by step, an overview presented at the Dutch Ministry of Defence showed.

Feature: Ruussaar in Eastern Ukraine, Part 4 | Corruption

31.03.18 ... ERR's Ainar Ruussaar traveled to Eastern Ukraine in February this year as part of a training program for local journalists. In the fourth and last article of his series, Ruussaar talks about an aspect of Ukrainian life that has decisively affected the country's fate as well as its reputation: corruption.

Feature: Ruussaar in Eastern Ukraine, Part 3 | Mariupol

25.03.18 ... In the third feature of his four-part travel series, ERR's Ainar Ruussaar describes his destination, Mariupol, a historic city, resort town on the Sea of Azov, and industrial center all in one.

Feature: Ruussaar in Eastern Ukraine, Part 2 | On the train

18.03.18 ... ERR's Ainar Ruussaar traveled to Eastern Ukraine in February as part of a training program for local journalists. This is the second of his four-part report on his trip, in which he talks about his journey from Tallinn to Mariupol. ERR News is publishing Ruussaar's account of the situation in the area over the next few weekends.

Feature: Ruussaar in Eastern Ukraine, Part 1 | War

11.03.18 ... ERR's Ainar Ruussaar traveled to Eastern Ukraine in February as part of a training program for local journalists. ERR News is publishing Ruussaar's account of the situation in the area over the next few weekends. This is the first of four parts, where he describes his arrival in the Mariupol area.

Feature: Four pitfalls of digital innovation

11.02.18 ... We live in what is arguably the world's foremost digital state. Innovation and digitization have been widely used almost synonymously with Estonia. But while the promoters of e-Estonia are only slowly beginning to realize it, the narrative is already wearing thin.

November 1917: Estonian Provincial Assembly declares itself supreme power

28.11.17 ... Following the October Revolution, the Estonian Provincial Assembly declared itself the supreme power in the Governorate of Estonia on Nov. 28, 1917. This marked the beginning of Estonia's political struggle for independence, and also the violent backlash the country would face over the following years.

Bronze Night's only death still unsolved

26.04.17 ... Dmitri Ganin was killed in a fight outside a bar in Tallinn on the first night of the Bronze Soldier riots in April 2007. To this day, the case of his death remains unsolved, but has since become a tool of anti-Estonian propaganda. ETV's investigative program Pealtnägija took another look at the case ten years after.

Under siege: Events at the Estonian embassy in Moscow

25.04.17 ... During the Bronze Night riots, the Estonian embassy in Moscow was surrounded by protesters, most of them members of the Nashi and Molodaya Rossiya. They threatened the embassy and its staff. Then-ambassador Marina Kaljurand told ERR News in an interview how events unfolded in the Russian capital.

Monument of contention: How the Bronze Soldier was removed

25.04.17 ... In late April 2007, the Estonian authorities removed the Bronze Soldier monument from Tallinn's Tõnismägi. The unrest that accompanied the relocation have since become known as the Bronze Night riots.

Estonia's regions: Between neglect and opportunity

19.03.17 ... One of the highlights of this year's "Password" marketing conference in Tallinn was a panel on the economic challenges and promise of Estonia's regions. Just half an hour long, it provided a good overview of the issues and developments facing the local economies outside the capital.

Marina Kaljurand: The essence of the Tallinn Manual

17.02.17 ... How can international law be applied on a cyberattack? What is the legal meaning of sovereignty and human rights in cyberspace? Modern technology represents an enormous challenge for law and policy makers. The Tallinn Manual 2.0 is a pioneering tool that helps them find their own direction.

'Silvergate': The Reform Party's 2012 financing scandal

19.12.16 ... The scandal surrounding potentially illegal donations to the Reform Party that broke in 2012, known as "Silvergate," ended when the prosecutor gave up her investigation due to lack of evidence. Kristen Michal, then one of the main suspects in the case, is one of the Reform Party's two candidates for chairman.

'That Dutchman': Why Peter Kentie's brand proposal for Estonia should be taken very seriously

17.07.16 ... What Estonia has in common with the Dutch city of Eindhoven, why Kentie was the right man to create its new brand, and what will happen if those in charge aren't kept from bungling it: Here is the long story of "Just estonishing".
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