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Estonia's Jews slam moves to include far-right in govt

Tallinn - Estonia's tiny Jewish community voiced concern Monday over an unprecedented move to include a far-right party in the next government of the Baltic EU state.

Estonia's outgoing PM Ratas courts far right in power bid

Tallinn - Estonia's outgoing centre-left prime minister Juri Ratas on Tuesday launched coalition talks with a far-right party that surged in recent elections in a move to prevent the winning liberals from forming a government.

Estonia's liberal Kallas opens coalition talks with centre-left

Tallinn - Liberal party leader Kaja Kallas, on track to become Estonia's first female prime minister, announced talks for a grand coalition Wednesday with the centre-left party of outgoing prime minister Juri Ratas.

Liberal victory sets Estonia on course for first woman PM

Tallinn - Estonia was on track Monday for its first woman prime minister after the opposition liberal Reform party won a general election, outpacing the governing centre-left and a surging far-right party drawing on support from hurting rural voters.

Eurosceptic far right challenges mainstream in Estonia vote

Tallinn - Estonians voted in a general election Sunday with the centre-left coalition fighting for survival in a duel with its traditional liberal rivals and a surging far-right party buoyed by a backlash from mostly rural voters in the Baltic eurozone state.

Estonia votes as far-right surge challenges mainstream

Tallinn - Estonians vote Sunday in a general election with the centre-left coalition duelling its traditional liberal rivals and a surging far-right party buoyed by a backlash from mostly rural voters in the Baltic eurozone state.

Far-right poised for gains in Estonia vote

Tallinn - Estonia's centre-left coalition is fighting for survival in a general election Sunday, challenged by its traditional liberal rival but also a far-right party boosted by a backlash from mostly rural regions in the Baltic eurozone state.

Pro-EU liberal, far-right firebrand take on Estonia PM

Tallinn - The daughter of a former European Commissioner and a far-right firebrand face off against centrist Prime Minister Juri Ratas in Sunday's general election in Estonia.

Danske Bank whistleblower says he raised alarm four times

Copenhagen - A whistleblower who uncovered a massive alleged money laundering scheme at Danske Bank's Estonian branch told a Danish parliamentary commission Monday that he had notified his superiors four times about suspicious transactions but no action was ever ta...

Danske Bank whistleblower a British ex-executive: report

Copenhagen - The whistleblower who unveiled alleged money laundering at Danske Bank's Estonian branch has come forward as Howard Wilkinson, the British former head of the lender's market business in the Baltics, local media reported on Thursday.

Pope Francis gets Estonian e-residency

Tallinn - Pope Francis on Tuesday became an e-resident of Estonia while on a visit to the cyber-savvy Baltic country known for being one of the world's most wired nations.

At Russia's doorstep, pope slams arms threats

Tallinn - Pope Francis on Tuesday wrapped up his tour of the Baltic region, neighbouring Russia, by slamming those who "hurl threats about using weapons" and "deploying troops".

Pope to pay tribute to Baltic freedom amid abuse crisis

Vilnius - Pope Francis will start a Baltic tour in Lithuania on Saturday during which he will pay homage to the history of a region that still bears the scars of its Nazi and Soviet occupations.

Danske Bank CEO resigns over money laundering scandal

Copenhagen - The chief executive of Denmark's largest lender, Danske Bank, resigned on Wednesday as the institution said it was unable to determine how much money was laundered through its Estonian branch.

Danske Bank CEO resigns over money laundering scandal

Copenhagen - The chief executive of Denmark's largest lender Danske Bank announced his resignation Wednesday as the institution said it was unable to determine how much money was laundered through its Estonian branch.

Netanyahu courts Baltics as EU slams settlement plans

Vilnius - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a groundbreaking visit in Lithuania on Thursday, saying he hoped to deepen ties with eastern EU nations as Brussels blasted Israel's plans for fresh settlements in the West Bank.

Netanyahu in Baltics in search of European allies

Vilnius - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Lithuania on Thursday for a Baltic summit through which he said he hoped to deepen ties with eastern European nations to counter the EU's "not always friendly" relations with his country.

Netanyahu to hold Baltic talks in first visit by an Israeli PM to Lithuania

Jerusalem - Benjamin Netanyahu will on Thursday become the first Israeli prime minister to visit Lithuania, where he will hold talks with the leaders of the three Baltic countries, his office said.

Netanyahu to hold Baltic talks in first visit by an Israeli PM to Lithuania

Jerusalem - Benjamin Netanyahu will on Thursday become the first Israeli prime minister to visit Lithuania, where he will hold talks with the leaders of the three Baltic countries, his office said.

Spanish jet accidentally fires missile above Estonia: defence ministry

Madrid - Spain's defence ministry said Tuesday it has opened an investigation after one of its Eurofighter jets accidentally fired a missile in the skies over Estonia during a routine training mission.

Danske Bank says to comply with money laundering probe

Stockholm - Denmark's largest lender Danske Bank on Tuesday said it was complying with Danish prosecutors' investigation into long-standing allegations that it was involved in laundering $8.3 billion through its Estonian branch.

Danske Bank's money laundering scandal spinning faster

Stockholm - Denmark, a Nordic kingdom not often associated with financial shenanigans, is facing a massive scandal with banking champion Danske Bank accused of helping to launder $8.3 billion through an Estonian subsidiary.

US envoy to Estonia to retire over frustration with Trump: report

Washington - The US ambassador to Estonia, James Melville, will retire from the State Department next month, a move he reportedly said was prompted by Donald Trump's jibes and treatment of European allies.

Cryptocurrency blowing in the wind as mine opens in Estonia

Tallinn - A state-owned Estonian wind farm launched a cryptocurrency mine on Friday, hoping to cash-in on Mother Nature's unlimited supplies of power on a windswept Baltic Sea island, a company official said.

Australia to open 'pop-up embassy' in Tallinn

Tallinn - Australia has announced that it will open its first "pop-up embassy" in Estonia's capital Tallinn, where the ambassador is to work for two months of the year.

Baltic nations warn US not to underestimate Russia threat

Washington - Foreign ministers from the Baltic states, three exposed allies on NATO's eastern flank, visited Washington on Monday to urge Western leaders not to respond naively to Russian threats.

Estonia marks 100th anniversary of independence declaration

Tallinn - Estonia on Saturday celebrated 100 years since declaring independence with a military parade and other festivities in the Baltic state, which is now firmly ensconced in the West, though tensions remain with neighbour Russia.

Baltic presidents to visit Trump on April 3

Tallinn - US President Donald Trump will welcome his counterparts from the Baltic states in Washington on April 3 to discuss security and economic ties, the Estonian presidency said Thursday.

Pope to visit as Baltic states mark 100 years of independence

Vilnius - Pope Francis will pay his first visit to the Baltic states next year, when Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania mark 100 years since they gained independence from Russia, the region's three presidents said Wednesday.

Estonia arrests alleged Russian agent plotting cyber-crime

Tallinn - Estonia said Tuesday it had arrested a suspected Russian spy allegedly plotting a cyber-crime, in the latest incident to strain relations between the small Baltic state and the Kremlin.
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