2 first-timers among 5 nations elected to Security Council

U.S. 06/07/19, 21:10

Estonia and the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines were elected to the U.N. Security Council on Friday, marking the first time the countries will hold seats on the U.N.'s most powerful body.Niger, Tunisia and Vietnam also won two-year terms, and the five countries will take their ...

Kroos out of Germany squad for European qualifiers

Sports 05/22/19, 06:55

Germany will be without Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos for its upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia.Germany coach Joachim Loew left both of his Spain-based players - Kroos and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen - out of his squad for the games in Minsk on June 8 and ...

Tech-savvy Estonians vote online in European elections

Europe 05/20/19, 03:37

Estonia was crippled by cyberattacks on government networks during a dispute with Russia in 2007. Today the tiny tech-savvy nation is so certain of its cyber defenses that it is the only country in the world to allow internet voting for the entire electorate, in every election, and thousands have ...

France’s Le Pen put on spot over Russia while rallying right

Europe 05/14/19, 11:26

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says media reports indicating her party has links to the Kremlin are "insulting" and the suggestion that National Rally accepted Russian money is a "lie."National Rally leader Marine Le Pen made the comments while visiting Estonia on Tuesday for a meeting of an alliance ...

Estonia minister calls president ’emotionally heated woman’

Europe 05/02/19, 11:07

Estonia's interior minister accused the Baltic country's news media Thursday of applying a double standard in their reporting on a government appointee who resigned after domestic violence allegations emerged in news reports.Interior Minister Mart Helme, head of the nationalist Estonian Conservative People's Party, said news outlets took a different approach ...

Poland, others mark 15 years in EU amid far-right protests

Europe 05/01/19, 12:20

Poland and other nations marked the 15th anniversary of their membership in the European Union with a leaders' summit in Warsaw, while far-right critics celebrated the occasion with protests Wednesday against the 28-nation bloc.Besides Poland, other countries that joined the EU on May 1, 2004, were Cyprus, the Czech Republic, ...

Nationalist party enters Estonia’s government

Europe 04/29/19, 10:41

The father-and-son leaders of a divisive anti-immigrant party were sworn in Monday as Estonia's interior and finance minister.Prime Minister Juri Ratas presented his 15-member coalition Cabinet on Monday at the 101-seat Riigikogu assembly.Earlier this month, Ratas, leader of the left-leaning Center Party, clinched a surprise deal with the nationalist and ...

Leaders of Russia, Estonia sit down for talks

Europe 04/18/19, 07:31

The presidents of Russia and Estonia have sat down for talks at the Kremlin for the first time in nearly a decade.Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid arrived in Moscow on Thursday to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin.Putin told Kaljulaid in opening remarks that the lack of high-level contacts between Russia ...

Estonian populists, 2 other parties seal coalition deal

Europe 04/06/19, 09:09

Estonian populists sealed a coalition deal with two other political parties Saturday in a bid to take power, more than a month after the general election.The Estonian Conservative People's Party, or EKRE, which has gained increasing popularity since its establishment in 2012, said it will form a three-way majority government ...

Swedish bank’s offices raided in money laundering probe

Europe 03/27/19, 06:47

Swedish authorities were raiding the headquarters of one of Sweden's largest banks on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether Swedbank was connected to a massive money laundering scandal in the Baltic countries.Sweden's Economic Crime Authority said chief prosecutor Thomas Langrot is probing whether 15 of Swedbank's largest shareholders ...

Estonian party start talks with populists despite promise

Europe 03/12/19, 06:15

A senior Estonian politician has resigned from the Center Party's leadership to protest a decision to start government formation talks with a euroskeptic populist party that made big gains in last week's general election — despite promises not to talk with them.Raimond Kaljulaid said Tuesday the Center Party and the ...

Estonia faces complex coalition talks amid far-right gains

Europe 03/04/19, 04:50

The center-right party in Estonia that won the most votes in the Baltic country's general election has vowed to exclude a far-right populist party from difficult coalition talks that lie ahead.Preliminary results Monday showed that the opposition Reform Party received 28.8 percent of the vote, followed by Prime Minister Juri ...

Update: Estonian opposition leader derides govt policies

Tech 03/03/19, 06:53

The Latest on Estonia's general election (all times local):1:50 p.m.The leader of Estonia's main opposition party has voted in the general election and accused Prime Minister Juri Ratas' government of "messing up" the small Baltic nation's taxation system.FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, Estonian ...

What to know about Estonia’s general election

Europe 03/03/19, 04:34

Nearly a million people are eligible to vote Sunday to choose Estonia's 101-seat Riigikogu legislature, where the outgoing prime minister and his Center Party is pitted against the center-right opposition Reform Party.Both want to keep at bay a nationalist, far-right party with an anti-immigration, xenophobic and euroskeptic agenda, which has ...

Estonians head to polls with populist party seen rising

Europe 03/03/19, 02:21

Estonians have started voting in a parliamentary election in the small Baltic nation in a ballot where Prime Minister Juri Ratas and his Center Party are pitted against the center-right opposition Reform Party and where populists are seen making inroads.Sunday's vote in the NATO and the European Union member of ...

What to know about Estonia’s March 3 general election

Europe 02/28/19, 05:07

Nearly a million people are eligible to vote Sunday to choose Estonia's 101-seat Riigikogu legislature, where the outgoing prime minister and his Center Party is pitted against the center-right opposition Reform Party. Both want to keep at bay a nationalist, far-right party with an anti-immigration, xenophobic and Euroskeptic agenda, which has ...

Animal saved from icy Estonian river turns out to be a wolf

Europe 02/24/19, 09:05

Estonian construction workers got the shock of their lives when they found out the animal they saved from an icy river was not a dog but a wolf.Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamae and Erki Vali told the Postimees newspaper they were working at the Sindi dam on the frozen Parnu River ...

Estonians kick off online voting for March election

Europe 02/21/19, 13:16

Balloting has started for next month's general election in Estonia, an online voting pioneer, amid tight protective measures a day after Microsoft warned that hackers linked to Russia had allegedly targeted democratic institutions in Europe.Kristi Kirsberg, media adviser to Estonia's electoral committee, said Thursday that the Baltic country — the ...

Poland exported 5,500 pounds of meat from sick cows to EU

Europe 01/31/19, 16:05

Thousands of pounds of meat from sick cows who were slaughtered illegally in Poland were exported to 10 other European Union countries, the country's top veterinary official said on Thursday.Pawel Niemczuk said about 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of the meat was exported to Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Sweden, France, Spain, ...

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