Country Reports

The Crisis in Ukraine: An Estonian Perspective

AN ABSTRACT OF THE ESTONIAN SOCIO-ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL OUTLOOK AS A RESULT OF THE UKRAINIAN CRISIS.

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. The narrative of the so-called “artificial” internal Ukrainian boundary drawn up in 1945 that divides the country into a “European-influenced West” and a “Russian-influenced East” permeating European media since Maidan is also reflected in Estonia, which has a significant Russian-speaking minority of its own. more…

March 23, 2015

Russian Minority in Estonia

SOCIAL CO-EXISTENCE, EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION AND THE LABOUR MARKET

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 | 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…

March 10, 2015

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 | March 30, 2013

Energy Policy in Estonia

A comparative view on party positions

In the light of the German Energiewende, i.e. phasing out of nuclear energy and the implementation of binding limitations on CO2 emissions, debates on resource sustainability is not limited to institutions of the European Union (EU). In fact, resource sustainability is discussed all over Europe. Estonia is a small national economy with a certain limit of domestic energy resources. But where is Estonia heading to? The most important facts and issues of Estonian energy policy, the current debate and the common and different positions on energy policy of political parties are shown. more…

Thomas Schneider | January 20, 2013


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