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October 9, 2018
Das Parlament von Estland

Without majority

Estonian government holds minority

Tiina Kangro leaves the Pro Patria parliamentary group and therefore the estonian government holds only 50 out of 101 seats in parliament. This makes the work dependence on some independent members of parliament. But still the government stays optimistic, even in the upcoming budget debate.

October 1, 2018
Papst Franziskus erhält die E-Residenz von Präsidentin Kaljulaid

New citizen

Pope Francis receives e-residency

President Kaljulaid hands over the Estonian e-residency to Pope Francis during his one-day visit to Tallinn. 10000 people gathered at the Freedom Square to celebrate Holy Mass. With the motto “Wake up, my heart” he met with youth and civil society.

September 6, 2018
Estlands Präsidentin Kersti Kaljulaid, im September 2017. | © Annika Haas / EU2017EE / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Relocation of office

President Kaljulaid starts working in Narva

President Kaljulaid office is located in Narva temporary. Meetings with people active in the public sector, businesses, local governments and schools are planned. The public attention shall help to do away with prejudices concerning the town and its inhabitants, who are mainly Russian-speaking.

April 19, 2018

Estonian-Russian border

All quiet on the eastern front?

More than 25 years after the restoration of Estonian independency there is still no ratified border treaty with Russia. Now the Estonian government plans to build a fixed fence along the de facto-border, which simultaneously is the end of the EU- and NATO-sphere. more…

February 28, 2018
Estland feiert 100 Jahre Staatsgründung | Foto: Flickr/Guillaume Speurt/CC BY-SA 2.0

100 years of Estonian Republic

On February 24, 2018, Estonia celebrated its round state anniversary. Highlights of the independence celebrations were the nationwide flag ceremonies in the morning, a military parade in the capital Tallinn and the reception of the Estonian President in the evening.

November 9, 2017
Das Parlament von Estland

The local Elections in Estonia

The local elections on October 15 were said to be the first test for the new coalition - at a time when the European attention was focused on Estonia due to its Presidency of the EU Council. In accordance with expectations, the Estonian Centre Party (Eesti Keskerakond) turned out to be the strongest force.

July 11, 2017
On June 20, Jüri Ratas and Xavier Bettel, the prime ministers of Estonia and Luxembourg, signed a treaty formalizing the founding of the world’s first digital embassy in Luxembourg.

The First Digital Embassy

During its EU Council Presidency, Estonia aims to implement a common digital internal market. On June 20 2017, Jüri Ratas and Xavier Bettel, the prime ministers of Estonia and Luxembourg, signed a treaty formalizing the founding of the world’s first digital embassy in Luxembourg. This embassy will enjoy the same immunity as conventional diplomatic representations do. The whole issue is considered to be a pilot project, not only for Estonia, but also beyond.

June 26, 2017

1930 - 2017

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mourns the loss of Helmut Kohl

An outstanding German statesman and a great European has passed away. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mourns the loss of former German Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl, the Chancellor of German reunification and Honorary Citizen of Europe. more…

February 5, 2016
Gruppenbild mit Stipendiaten, Fr. Bauer, Hr. Nutt

Scholarship holders visit Tallinn

The Tallinn office of the foundation was visited by 14 scholarship holders from Düsseldorf on the 16th of January. “European integration – Tallinn representing Baltic innovation and European progress” was the slogan of the visit. Elisabeth Bauer, the head of the KAS office in Tallinn, gave an introduction to the political situation of Estonia. This was followed by a discussion with the politician of the Estonian IRL-party, Mat Nutt.

March 23, 2015

The Crisis in Ukraine: An Estonian Perspective

While the two former Soviet republics are geographically located rather far apart on continental Europe, the crisis in Ukraine has a much greater effect on the Baltic state of Estonia than one would have originally assumed. more…