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  • A classroom tragedy
    Broadcasting reports South Estonian District Prosecutor s Office spokeswoman Kristina Kostina told Public Broadcasting s news portal that the police got a call at 1 55 p m A shooting had taken place during class in the Paalalinna School during which the German language teacher 56 year old Ene Sarap received fatal injuries No one else was injured said police spokeswoman Tuuli Harson There were four more pupils in the classro The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more Our news

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/35733/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Soomere: Estonian science can expect a wave of redundancies
    nearly a third over the next five years and that means big layoffs according to Estonian news service Eesti Paevaleht The problem however is that funding science is not in line with the state s general rhetoric Around 0 7 0 8 percent of Estonia s GDP worth of taxpayers money is channelled to the science now In the world two percent is considered a reasonable financing level of science he said in an inter The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region

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  • Estonia passes gender-neutral civil partnership law
    everybody else she said in an interview with the UK The Independent You are no less no more you are Estonian and we value you and your family The Baltic Times conducted our own survey of the Estonian public s feelings regarding the passing of this bill when asked the majority of respondents 60 percent highlighted that they were not in favour of the legislation One member of the public went on to state that there was a feeling of discontent with the Estonian parliament s apparent willingness to ignore public opinion Change or a continuing trend Estonia is not a newbie in its attempts to set the trend in terms of being proactive in reforming social or political policy In her interview with the UK Independent Lisette Kampus also gave an interesting insight into the state of how she sees the socio political leaning of the Estonian public stating Society has been transforming at a very quick pace Mentally we want to belong in Scandinavia and share those same liberal values homophobia is one of the scales by which you can measure how tolerant and open society is This statement at its most general level that socially and politically Estonia is closer to its Scandinavian cousins than its Baltic neighbours has been echoed by many who have watched the progress of the country since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1993 Since then the country has joined NATO the European Union and also adopted the European Single Currency as part of the Euro Zone Changes continue apace and regardless of public satisfaction levels with this particular issue it is clear that generally speaking Estonia is a country that is keen to commemorate its Eastern links all the while creating and celebrating closer Western ones The introduction of more liberal social policy is a hallmark of this ongoing strategy In a move that heads in an opposite direction another former Soviet satellite state is passing increasingly anti gay laws Since 1998 Kyrgyzstan has legalised relationships between same sex couples within its borders However in recent weeks this has seemingly been repealed to include the outlawing of a positive attitude toward non traditional sexual relations It is unclear at this point whether Estonia s Baltic neighbours Latvia and Lithuania will follow suit with the legislation passed in the Riigikogu Traditionally these countries are less liberal minded than their northern counterpart However Latvia s latest statistics show that last year 53 of first born children and 44 6 of all newborns were born outside of marriage making legal protection for unmarried couples a crucial question Historians measuring the progress of former Soviet states as they have strived to find their way since resuming their sovereign status would be at odds to adequately define what has led to this drastic difference of opinion and stance However what is clear is that with this move the Estonian government is overwhelmingly positioning itself to continue its march toward a liberal cohesive all embracing society

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  • Eesti in brief
    tanker aircraft NATO military spokesman Colonel Martin Downie said In one incident two Russian TU 95 nuclear capable bombers flew west of Britain and down to Portugal escorted by Norwegian British and Portuguese fighter aircraft Downie said No violations of NATO airspace were detected he added NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the US led military alliance remained vigilant given the increase in such activity We are not in a Cold War situation but Russia has undermined a lot of trust he said against a backdrop of continued tensions over Ukraine We must keep NATO strong NATO says that so far this year it has launched more than 100 intercepts of Russian aircraft three times more than in all 2013 At the 2015 Baltic Sea fisheries policy negotiations that completed in Luxembourg it was agreed that next year Baltic herring fishing quota will increase for Estonia both at the open part of the Baltic Sea and in Gulf of Riga Postimees Online reports The abundance of fish is such that we have the opportunity to bring very good news to Estonian fishermen said Environment Minister Keit Pentus Rosimannus Next year Estonian Baltic herring fishing quota in the open part of the Baltic Sea will be 18 363 tonnes or 45 more than this year In the Gulf of Riga next year the herring quota is 17 908 tonnes which is 26 percent more than in 2014 At the beginning of negotiations the European Commission sought to cut the Baltic sprat fishing quota by 17 percent Estonia did not agree to such a large reduction of the quota and according to the agreement concluded the cut is in the 11 percent range Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites

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  • All aboard for western Europe!
    start a long awaited project to link up the Baltic region with western Europe by rail RB Rail will be tasked with the international project Rail Baltica whose European standard gauge railway would connect the Baltic States with Finland and Poland This is the very first project of on such a large scale that the Baltic States will be implementing together The agreement was signed by the heads of the companies Rail Baltica Statyb The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more

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  • Let there be gas!
    more important than ever to ensure a stable energy future for Europe Our longstanding friendship with Lithuania is grounded in our shared support for democracy human rights and free markets The opening of the Klaipeda LNG terminal represents a historic milestone in the Baltic States energy security We commend Lithuania s strong and sustained leadership and strategic vision to bring this and other critical energy diversification projects to fruition reads the US Secretary of State s letter The terminal will be the key instrument in ensuring diversification of the supply of energy resources as well as a real source of alternative supply of natural gas It will consist of three major parts a floating storage with a re gasification unit a jetty for mooring and a high pressure gas pipeline connected to the main pipeline The capacity of the terminal will be sufficient to satisfy the needs of all Baltic states If necessary the Klaipeda LNG terminal can serve and fulfill about 90 percent of the gas supply needs of Lithuania Latvia and Estonia Based on the European Commission s report on the resilience of the European gas system the Klaipeda LNG would protect consumers of Lithuania Latvia and Estonia in case of a possible disruption of gas supplies The importance of this terminal is recognized at the EU level In the Commission s European Energy Security Strategy presented last May the Klaipeda LNG terminal is included as number one in the list of infrastructure projects that contribute to ensuring the security of EU supplies Until now Lithuania has been purchasing gas from the single gas supplier the Russian monopolist Gazprom The terminal will enable Lithuania to purchase gas from multiple suppliers An agreement for the purchase of gas has already been concluded with Norwegian company Statoil and if necessary Lithuania has an opportunity to buy gas from other suppliers in the global market Estonian Finnish pipeline feasible or just hot air Meanwhile on Oct 30 Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas discussed with his Finnish counterpart Alexander Stubb the prospect of concluding an interstate agreement that would help both countries move ahead with the Estonian Finnish gas pipeline and LNG terminal issues as reported by Delfi Arileht A final agreement has yet to be achieved but Roivas was optimistic after his discussion with Stubb that an agreement could be reached during his next visit to Helsinki on Nov 6 7 Orileht said that according to information available the Estonian government is ready to agree that the LNG terminal the location of which the two states have consistently been unable to agree upon would be offered to Finland with the aim of rapidly completing the Finnish Estonian gas pipeline required to connect the Finnish and Baltic gas markets I would not reveal that yet said Roivas hinting at financing being the main reason The European Commission will support in substantial part the financing of the pipeline Whether and how much it is possible to support the terminal investment is still not

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  • News search
    Skanu Mezs RIGA During the upcoming independent music festival Skanu mezs 2014 Korean Am Read More The big top comes to Riga TALLINN A blend of dance theater and acrobatics is to hit Riga on the most significant day Read More Loan growth maintains Estonia s momentum TALLINN Deposits continued to grow rapidly while the growth of loans and leases remained mod Read More Investment drives Lithuania s growth VILNIUS The latest Lithuanian macroeconomic review by SEB forecasts a 2 7 percent growth of Read More EP keeps pressure on Russia RIGA The European Parliament EP welcomes the ratification of the Association Agreement wit Read More Benefits from euro entry tallied VILNIUS In adopting the euro Lithuania is not only moving forward on the path of euro integ Read More Rain and Russia pressure farming industry RIGA The farm community s solvency has suffered substantially due to Russia s fo Read More Russian sanctions impact asset fund flows The imposition of Western sanctions on the Russian economy has been discussed and analyzed in Read More Previous 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic

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  • EU foreign ministers set to review Russia sanctions amid Ukraine crisis
    Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini announced Tuesday This is a process that is going to go on in the coming weeks she said adding that the situation in Ukraine will be discussed during the next EU foreign ministers meeting on November 17 Mogherini Italy s former foreign minister said EU sanctions served as a tool to pressure Russia in order to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare Latvia refuses to join Latvian Muslim fighing in Syria say security service Estonia tops world internet freedom list Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea

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