21st century identity crisis: Estonia conflicted over UN global compact on migration

Before I moved to Estonia, three different Estonian-Americans (including the outspoken former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves) warned me not to refer to Estonia as an Eastern European country. “Estonia,” I was told, “considers itself Western European, or at … Continue reading 21st century identity crisis: Estonia conflicted over UN global compact on migration

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Lands of settled government: Poland and what really matters for the rule of law

The Polish Government’s ongoing quarrel with the European Commission over changes to the Polish judicial system has attracted widespread attention and condemnation of the ruling Law and Justice Party’s (PiS) actions. Across Europe, the public is increasingly being prompted by … Continue reading Lands of settled government: Poland and what really matters for the rule of law

An old Soviet bloc in Tartu, Estonia. Typically, this part of town is still mostly populated by ethnic Russians.

Fallen Between the Cracks: the Struggle of Minority Integration in Estonia and Latvia

Reaching consensus on how to deal with national minorities is something that most countries struggle with. Faced with the pressing societal issues of integration, Estonia and Latvia are not unique in this regard. However, what does make them special is … Continue reading Fallen Between the Cracks: the Struggle of Minority Integration in Estonia and Latvia