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More on soft power. Estonia getting heard

Estonia condemns new Ukrainian laws introducing criminal liability for extremism, mass riots and the like. Independent Russian observers emphasise that the laws have been practically copied from a similar package adopted in Russia during last year. “Estonia condemns the laws adopted in haste in Ukraine, which are aimed at restricting fundamental rights and freedoms of …

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Riga in a context. An extremely unscientific snapshot analysis

Screenshot An incidental observation completely unrelated to any of the subjects I normally write on. When scrolling down a popular blog of a passionate Riga photographer, my eyes stopped on the visitor statistics. I don’t even try to compare mine with it, please don’t get me wrong—figures there are far beyond my imagination. What caught …

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Being Nordic is not about being boring. It’s about not eating shit

Someone once said he wants Estonia to become another boring Nordic society. I know who said that, but his name is not important. Even for criticism, not important. Well, Estonia is boring, nothing happens there. Latvia is boring. Does it make Estonia any Nordic? No, it doesn’t, it leaves it where it’s always been, in …

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LV in Eurovision. Rich enough to screw up?

What does Latvia have to say at the annual European vanity fair? Well, in terms of music, obviously not much. Sending crap year after year to Eurovision, Latvia doesn’t seem to care too much about waving its national colours on the highly regarded international stage. I’m sure, we should care more, since by sending crap …

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Junior Nordics in the making

Here is a comment to a blog entry The best Balt will be Nordic posted on Economist.com on 22 December 2010. Estonia will be labelled as “Eastern Europe” only geographically. (..) officials and inhabitants prefer their country to be described as “Nordic”, distancing it from the less successful Balts. To rub in the difference, Estonia …

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