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High-tech Estonia votes online for European Parliament

May. 20, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — 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...

NATO member Estonian reports alleged Russian air violation

May. 20, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Baltic region's main news agency says a Russian military aircraft briefly violated the airspace of NATO member Estonia, near the Baltic Sea island of Vaindloo, and Moscow's ambassador to the Baltic country has been summoned over the incident. The Baltic News Agency says the...

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

May. 14, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was put on the defensive Tuesday while visiting Estonia to unite Europe's right-wing populists, calling persistent questions about whether her party had links to the Kremlin and took Russian money "insulting." A meeting of an alliance of far-right...

Sweden says Russia expels 2 diplomats in reprisal

May. 8, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Sweden says Russia expelled two Swedish diplomats after Stockholm turned down Moscow's request to extend a Russian diplomat's visa. Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Patric Nilsson told Swedish newspaper Expressen on Wednesday that two Swedish diplomats have been asked to leave...

Estonia minister calls president 'emotionally heated woman'

May. 2, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The new interior minister of Estonia on Thursday called the country's first female president an "emotionally heated woman" for walking out during the swearing-in of a Cabinet minister accused of domestic violence. Mart Helme made the sexist remark at a news conference where he also accused...

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

May. 1, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — 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...

New Estonian minister resigns over alleged domestic violence

Apr. 30, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — An Estonian government minister resigned Tuesday after just a day in the job when authorities launched a domestic violence investigation into him. Marti Kuusik was sworn in as technology and foreign trade minister on Monday. Hours later, he was placed under investigation by police after the...

Nationalist party enters Estonia's government

Apr. 29, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — 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 located in the picturesque Old Town of...

Presidents of Russia, Estonia meet after nearly a decade

Apr. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Estonia held talks at the Kremlin for the first time in nearly a decade Thursday, a step toward reversing an absence of high-level contacts that Russian President Vladimir Putin described as "not a normal situation." In his opening remarks, Putin told Estonian...

Estonia likely to see euroskeptic party brought to power

Apr. 17, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia's outgoing prime minister has been designated to form a government in a decision that likely will bring a populist, eurosceptic party to power for the first time in the Baltic nation. The 101-seat Riigikogu legislature voted Wednesday 55-44 to give Juri Ratas, Estonia's government...