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Digital & Media 25-05-2021

Germany’s rocky path to becoming a blockchain nation

Germany harbours ambitions to become one of the world’s leaders in blockchain and has recently taken stock of its near two-year-old strategy to boost adoption of the pioneering technology, the first of its kind worldwide.
Global Europe 14-05-2021

Baltics step closer to plugging into EU power grid, ending dependence on Russia

Three EU Baltic states on Thursday (13 May) took a big step toward accessing the bloc's power grid, a move intended to end energy dependence on Russia dating back to the Soviet era.
Energy 19-03-2021

The untapped green energy potential of the Baltic States

Offshore wind could not only propel the Baltics to the forefront of the energy transition, but also to the ranks of clean energy exporters, writes Lukas Trakimavičius.
Energy 02-03-2021

Lithuania to start supplying LNG to Poland next year

Lithuanian state-controlled energy company Ignitis Group will start supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Poland next year when a new pipeline between the two countries comes online, its CEO said on Monday (1 March).
Russia continues to be the 'primary threat' to the EU in cyberspace, presenting intensifying dangers in terms of online espionage, cyberattacks, and also a likely turn to deepfake technology in the near future, a new report from the Estonian intelligence services says.
Digital & Media 18-02-2021

Estonian Intelligence: Russians will develop deepfake threats

Russia continues to be the 'primary threat' to the EU in cyberspace, presenting intensifying dangers in terms of online espionage, cyberattacks, and also a likely turn to deepfake technology in the near future, a new report from the Estonian intelligence services says.
Politics 29-01-2021

Tweets of the Week: Vaccine battle, Dutch riots, Estonian Prime minister

Vaccine battle could do widespread harm, Dutch riots spark national alarm, and new Estonian Prime Minister takes over with charm.
Elections 26-01-2021

Kallas becomes Estonia’s first female PM, far right out of government

Kaja Kallas of the Reform party (Renew Europe) became Estonia's first female prime minister on Monday (25 January) after parliament approved her nomination following predecessor Jüri Ratas' resignation over an inquiry into a property development.
Politics 15-01-2021

Tweets of the Week: Government Resignations, Frontex Uniforms, Luxembourg Affront

Italy and  Estonia looking weak, Frontex fashion wear is on fleek, and Secretary of State cancels trip in fit of pique.  
Elections 13-01-2021

Estonian PM Ratas resigns awaiting corruption charges

Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas resigned on Wednesday (13 January) after an enquiry into a property development project in the capital which could see him accused of corruption.
Economy & Jobs 20-10-2020

Three Seas Initiative inches forward as US ramps up support

The Three Seas Initiative virtual summit held in Estonia on Monday (20 October) saw further consolidation between its 12 members. At the same time, the US has started seeing the project as a vehicle to win the geopolitical battle for 'hearts and minds' in the region, in a bid to reduce Chinese and Russian influence there.
Europe's East 01-09-2020

Baltic states ban Lukashenko amid crackdown on opposition

The Baltic states on Monday (31 August) banned embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as he cracked down further on the opposition movement following another huge rally at the weekend.
Digital & Media 05-06-2020

EU code of practice on disinformation ‘insufficient and unsuitable,’ member states say

A coalition of EU member states have hit out at the bloc's efforts to stem the spread of disinformation, calling the self-regulatory framework currently in place "insufficient and unsuitable."
Digital & Media 20-05-2020

Estonia starts testing digital immunity passport for workplaces

Estonia has started to test one of the world's first digital immunity passports, created by a team including founders of global tech startups Transferwise and Bolt, seeking a safer return to workplaces following the coronavirus lockdown.

Baltics open Europe’s first pandemic ‘travel bubble’ as curbs ease

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia opened their borders to each other at the stroke of midnight, creating the first "travel bubble" within the European Union in a bid to jump-start economies broken down by the coronavirus pandemic.
Energy 23-01-2020

EU’s creeping clean energy efforts risk missing 2020 goal  

Renewable energy made up 18% of the EU’s power consumption in 2018, according to statistics compiler Eurostat. But the slow pace of development may leave the bloc short of its 2020 target.
Elections 17-12-2019

Estonia apologises after far-right minister taunts Finnish PM as ‘sales girl’

Estonia apologised to Finland on Monday (16 December) after Estonia's interior minister mocked Finland's new prime minister -- the world's youngest-serving government leader -- as "a sales girl" and questioned her ability to run the Nordic country.
Defence policy 20-11-2019

Amid NATO tensions, Estonian President highlights Russia risk

NATO should be ready to defend Estonia should the country face risks emanating from its neighbour Russia, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has told EURACTIV. Her comments came following French President Macron's recent claim that the alliance is 'brain dead.'
Energy 07-10-2019

US to help secure Baltic energy grid against cyber-attacks

The United States and Baltic states on Sunday (6 October) agreed to beef up cooperation to protect the Baltic energy grid from cyber-attacks as they disconnect from the Russian electricity grid.

Estonia joins EU’s climate-neutral club

Estonia has joined a group of 24 member states in favour of an EU plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions drastically by 2050, leaving only the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland unconvinced.
Global Europe 13-09-2019

Prague to remove statue of Soviet World War II marshal

A district assembly in Prague voted on Thursday (12 September) to remove a statue of a Soviet World War Two marshal and replace it with a more general memorial following a row that has drawn in the Czech president and Russian authorities.
Politics 10-09-2019

Estonia forfeits seat in Juncker’s outgoing Commission

Estonia has decided not to retain a European Commissioner for the rest of the current administration’s mandate, instead allowing nominee Kadri Simson to prepare for her duties under President-elect Ursula von der Leyen.

Estonia’s president calls on EU to work with Russian civil society

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid was in Paris for the French military parade on Bastille day (14 July). She participated in a working lunch organised at the Elysée on European defence issues. As a champion in cyber defence and digital services, Estonia is an important ally for France. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
EU Elections 2019 09-07-2019

Juncker will need to accept replacement Commissioners from Romania, Estonia

Faced with opposition from the member states, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was unable to block the replacement of the Romanian and Estonian commissioners, who were elected as MEPs and already took their MEP seats.

EU takes stock after climate deal disappointment

EU environment ministers met on Wednesday (26 June) to take stock of how a landmark climate deal fell short of a final agreement last week. Signs now suggest that the European Council will stick to its end-of-year deadline and Poland will finally get on board.