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Russian Minority in Estonia


The role and influence of significant Russian minorities in Europe came to the fore during the current crisis in Eastern Ukraine and the Russian annexation of Crimea. Russian minorities and their discontent, as well as so-called “pro-Russian separatists”, have repeatedly been addressed by Moscow, and the Russian majority of Crimea’s population served as an official justification for its incorporation into the Russian Federation. more…

Thomas Schneider | Country Reports | March 23, 2015

Estonia’s view to the west

Results and Implications of the 13th Estonian Parliamentary Elections

Estonia continues its consequent orientation to the West, being resembled by commitment to both EU and NATO, also after the parliamentary elections of 1 March 2015. In times of geopolitical and economic tension, Estonians have chosen continuity. Furthermore, the election results indicate a transition in terms of party system composition and the national conservative IRL is to face political challenges. more…

Country Reports | March 10, 2015

Post-Wall Europe needs to become “Europe for all”

State of Europe with Herman Van Rompuy

24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy expressed in Berlin his concerns over the challenges Europe is facing today. In front of 600 invited people at the Allianz Forum in Berlin, Van Rompuy warned against growing populism on the European continent and the rising of distrust. “Populism and nationalism cannot provide the answer to the challenges of our time”. more…

Event Reports | November 9, 2013

The Estonian Tiger fighting the European Debt and Economic Crisis

Interview with Annely Akkermann MP

Annely Akkermann MP (40) is a member of the parliamentary group Isamaa ja Res Publica Liit (IRL) in the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) since 2011. She studied economy at the University of Tartu and has years of fiscal experience in local administrations. In the Riigikogu she is a member of the Select Budgetary Committee. With her economic background and years of political experience on a local and national level she answers various questions regarding Estonia, the Euro as well as the European Debt and Economic crisis. more…

Event Reports | April 15, 2013

Estonia and the European Debt and Economic Crisis

Recent data by the European Central Bank (ECB) indicates that Estonia is together with Luxemburg and Finland one of the few member states in the Euro-Zone that has sufficient financial resources in order to repay its debt. The paper deals with Estonias fiscal policy approach as well describes its current political situation within the European Union and in the European Monetary Union. more…

Thomas Schneider | Country Reports | March 30, 2013