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Postimees - Estonia | 05/06/2009

Enn Soosaar on the future of Europe

Columnist Enn Soosaar reflects in the daily Postimees on whether the EU will opt for enlargement or consolidation after the Treaty of Lisbon is adopted: "Although both of these goals are worthy, we must accept that it is not possible to do both at once. In any event it is clearly demonstrable that the eastward expansion of the democratic social order and the common market was a boon for Europe as a whole - both old and new. Certainly with the advance of Europe losses will be incurred, and we must not shut our eyes to these. Compromise will be all the harder to achieve in Europe with the growing number of opinions, interests and needs, with the increasing cultural diversity of decision makers and the heightened variety of their values. The experiences of recent years should give us pause for thought. Differences of opinion and diverging points of view can hinder the EU's ability to act. At the same time, however, we should not overlook the fact that diversity of opinion and varying cultural perspectives can also prove invigorating in many respects."

Postimees - Estonia | 06/11/2008

Change in foreign policy

The daily newspaper Postimees asks what turn US foreign policy will take: "For us Estonians and all Europeans the direction the US takes in this area is particularly important. The miscalculations of George W. Bush in the Middle East have gobbled up hundreds of billions in taxpayers' money, and the only result has been a dangerous amount of damage to the US's credibility. Therefore restoring confidence will be one of the first tasks facing the new captain. Since the end of the Cold War the world has become increasingly multi-polar, even if this loss of their former hegemony is painful for many Americans."

Postimees - Estonia | 19/08/2008

Ukraine - the strategic borderland

Ukraine will most likely present an even bigger trial of strength between Western Europe and Russia than Georgia, writes Postimees newspaper: "The Kremlin has never really gotten used to the loss of the Baltic states, and so it is all the less keen on having Ukraine become a member of Nato or the EU. However to this day the promises made to Kiev have not been honoured, and nothing has come of Western integration for the last four years. ... Ukraine is the largest European state in terms of area, and number five in terms of population. This will certainly have an effect on Europe's geopolitical situation. 'Ukraine' means borderland. And that is what it is, seen from both Brussels and Moscow. ... Whether it ever becomes a member of the major Western organisations is by no means certain. But whatever its orientation, it will not fail to have a noticeable effect on the rest of Europe."

Postimees - Estonia | 04/09/2006

Estonia aims for a "bigger role”

According to Enn Soosaar, the eight Central and Eastern European countries which joined the EU and NATO recently have achieved a great deal since then, but there is still no sign of the leap forward they were hoping for. "Estonia played a major role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the revival in Eastern Europe. You can compare our 'singing revolution' to the velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia and fall of the Berlin Wall. And Estonia's subsequent role in breaking the ice by pushing through bold reforms has paved the way for more countries to join the EU and NATO than Brussels and Washington originally planned. Now Estonia needs more of a spirit of enterprise. The challenge is serious and tempting: Estonia could once again play a more important role."

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | 15/03/2006

Lennart Meri's death

Lennart Meri, Estonia's first president after the country gained independence (1992-2001) has died. Estonian newspapers pay tribute to him, stressing his role in Estonia's battle to gain independence from the Soviet Union. However, even before he began his political career Meri made a name for himself as an author and poet, and was often referred to as the "Estonian Havel". In his obituary Enn Soosaar writes: "Meri was educated as a historian and he knew how history works and how it changes people. The collapse of the totalitarian Soviet regime came as no surprise to him... History presented Meri with a great mission, and he was one of the few Estonian heads of state who fully understood the importance of this mission."

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