Interviews president http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews 2018-07-18T09:35:23Z Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management Baltic Presidents: Europe must act united and faster, Neue Westfälische 2018-07-13T22:00:00Z 2018-07-13T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews/14477-2018-07-17-11-39-26 Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>Heute nehmen die Regierungschefs von Estland, Lettland und Litauen den Internationalen Preis des Westfälischen Friedens entgegen – für ihre besonderen BemühungenumIntegration in Europa.<br />Alle drei betonen die große Bedeutung, die die enge Einbindung des Baltikums für ihre Länder hat. Und sie verraten Thomas Seim, was Deutschland vom Baltikum lernen kann.</p> <p>Heute nehmen die Regierungschefs von Estland, Lettland und Litauen den Internationalen Preis des Westfälischen Friedens entgegen – für ihre besonderen BemühungenumIntegration in Europa.<br />Alle drei betonen die große Bedeutung, die die enge Einbindung des Baltikums für ihre Länder hat. Und sie verraten Thomas Seim, was Deutschland vom Baltikum lernen kann.</p> "Putin tries to split us", RP Online 2018-07-12T22:00:00Z 2018-07-12T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews/14479-qputin-tries-to-split-usq-rp-online Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>The Estonian President, together with the heads of state of the other two Baltic States, is accepting the Westphalian Peace Prize in Münster this weekend. It demands a credible deterrent against Russia.</p> <p>*</p> <p>The Estonian President, together with the heads of state of the other two Baltic States, is accepting the Westphalian Peace Prize in Münster this weekend. It demands a credible deterrent against Russia.</p> <p>*</p> In the land of unicorns: meeting with Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia, La Tribune 2018-07-03T22:00:00Z 2018-07-03T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews/14453--in-the-land-of-unicorns-meeting-with-kersti-kaljulaid-president-of-the-republic-of-estonia-la-tribune- Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>Guest of honor at the Sciences-Po students' graduation ceremony last Saturday in Paris, Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia, spoke about issues related to democracy, digital technology and the conditions for 'a startup nation'. By Philippe Boyer, director of innovation at Covivio.</p> <p>*</p> <p>Guest of honor at the Sciences-Po students' graduation ceremony last Saturday in Paris, Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia, spoke about issues related to democracy, digital technology and the conditions for 'a startup nation'. By Philippe Boyer, director of innovation at Covivio.</p> <p>*</p> If we act, Russia might not react, NewEasternEurope 2018-06-12T22:00:00Z 2018-06-12T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews/14375--if-we-act-russia-might-not-react-neweasterneurope Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p><strong>SZABOLCS VÖRÖS: Could you pack all your belongings in less than 60 hours?</strong></p> <p>KERSTI KALJULAID: This is too weird of a question to answer...</p> <p><strong>But I am sure you have read RAND Corporation's now quite infamous finding from 2017 when they suggested that if Russia decided to attack the Baltic states, their capitals could be invaded in less than 60 hours.</strong></p> <p>But why should I have to pack my things? I trust in our armed forces and our defence capabilities and we stick to NATO's Article 3 which prescribes that defending our country is our own duty. We can defend our country by spending two per cent of our GDP on defence and moreover, as a host nation, we also cover the cost of those allied forces who were deployed here in the framework of NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) mission as of 2016. Which means that no one has to pack any belongings. NATO's primary goal is deterrence; defence, if needed, comes only after that. This deterrence has always been sufficient and if any risk analyses suggest, than it will be broadened, and it decreases when the situation becomes more stable. This is how it works, in 360 degrees.</p> <p><strong>SZABOLCS VÖRÖS: Could you pack all your belongings in less than 60 hours?</strong></p> <p>KERSTI KALJULAID: This is too weird of a question to answer...</p> <p><strong>But I am sure you have read RAND Corporation's now quite infamous finding from 2017 when they suggested that if Russia decided to attack the Baltic states, their capitals could be invaded in less than 60 hours.</strong></p> <p>But why should I have to pack my things? I trust in our armed forces and our defence capabilities and we stick to NATO's Article 3 which prescribes that defending our country is our own duty. We can defend our country by spending two per cent of our GDP on defence and moreover, as a host nation, we also cover the cost of those allied forces who were deployed here in the framework of NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) mission as of 2016. Which means that no one has to pack any belongings. NATO's primary goal is deterrence; defence, if needed, comes only after that. This deterrence has always been sufficient and if any risk analyses suggest, than it will be broadened, and it decreases when the situation becomes more stable. This is how it works, in 360 degrees.</p> Kersti Kaljulaid: "The West "normalized" the occupation of Georgian parts, risking the "normalization" of the conflict in Ukraine. What will we be ready to "normalize" further? ", Tyzhden 2018-05-31T22:00:00Z 2018-05-31T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews/14359-kersti-kaljulaid-qthe-west-qnormalizedq-the-occupation-of-georgian-parts-risking-the-qnormalizationq-of-the-conflict-in-ukraine-what-will-we-be-ready-to-qnormalizeq-further-q-tyzhden Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>Subjects in the interview covered the security of Europe and cultural policy.</p> <p>*</p> <p>Subjects in the interview covered the security of Europe and cultural policy.</p> <p>*</p> Estonian President on Ukraine’s Progress and Challenges , Hromadske 2018-05-30T22:00:00Z 2018-05-30T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews/14358-estonian-president-on-ukraines-progress-and-challenges-hromadske Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>Russia and the conflict in Donbas. These were some of the key topics on the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid's agenda during her visit to Ukraine.</p> <p>*</p> <p>Russia and the conflict in Donbas. These were some of the key topics on the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid's agenda during her visit to Ukraine.</p> <p>*</p> The Estonian president in "K": Confidence in the digital world, Kathimerini, Greece 2018-05-20T22:00:00Z 2018-05-20T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews/14347-the-estonian-president-in-qkq-confidence-in-the-digital-world-kathimerini-greece Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>"It seemed to us that Estonians abroad would lose contact with our political system." This phrase explains Kersti Kaljulaid, president of Estonia, the rationale that led the small Baltic country, which has evolved into the digital miracle of the EU, to allow its citizens to vote online anywhere in the world. "Many Estonians live in other European countries," the Estonian president explains in an exclusive interview to "K". "We joined the EU to enjoy the four freedoms. And we have the technological tools to make the electoral process secure, as well as the citizens' trust. "</p> <p>*</p> <p>"It seemed to us that Estonians abroad would lose contact with our political system." This phrase explains Kersti Kaljulaid, president of Estonia, the rationale that led the small Baltic country, which has evolved into the digital miracle of the EU, to allow its citizens to vote online anywhere in the world. "Many Estonians live in other European countries," the Estonian president explains in an exclusive interview to "K". "We joined the EU to enjoy the four freedoms. And we have the technological tools to make the electoral process secure, as well as the citizens' trust. "</p> <p>*</p> It`s time to become estonians! Protagon, Greece 2018-05-19T22:00:00Z 2018-05-19T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews/14353-its-time-to-become-estonians-protagon-greece Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>Impressively tall and upright, dressed in babyblue; it was simple and unobtrusive, clear and comprehensive, interesting. The Estonian President, Kersti Kaljulain, during her visit to Greece after the Presidential Palace and before her visit to the Acropolis, stood opposite Kallimarmaro, on the ground floor of Orange Grove, the incubator for the start-ups - her initiative Dutch Embassy in Athens, welcomed by Dutch ambassador Caspar Veldtab. No one expected that a speech about the digitization of the economy in Estonia and e-government would turn into a highly political chat, without tiring technical terms.</p> <p>*</p> <p>Impressively tall and upright, dressed in babyblue; it was simple and unobtrusive, clear and comprehensive, interesting. The Estonian President, Kersti Kaljulain, during her visit to Greece after the Presidential Palace and before her visit to the Acropolis, stood opposite Kallimarmaro, on the ground floor of Orange Grove, the incubator for the start-ups - her initiative Dutch Embassy in Athens, welcomed by Dutch ambassador Caspar Veldtab. No one expected that a speech about the digitization of the economy in Estonia and e-government would turn into a highly political chat, without tiring technical terms.</p> <p>*</p> Estonian President visited the Acropolis wearing sport shoes and Bermuda pants, Iefimerida, Greece 2018-05-17T22:00:00Z 2018-05-17T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews/14303-estonian-president-visited-the-acropolis-wearing-sport-shoes-and-bermuda-pants-iefimerida-greece Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>"From the one chronological layer to the other, I read about the ancient history of the Acropolis hill, starting at least 3,000 BC. Then I begin to notice that for some reasons most of the architectures, at least what we see, is of the 5th century and I start wondering why. And then I see another sign saying that the hill was destroyed by the Persians 100 years before, and then I begin to imagine all this and to rebuild them (in my mind). At that time people were recycling, we can see that on the walls, in the buildings. I find this very interesting, how the culture of the other one comes as a kaleidoscope," told Mrs Kaljulaid with sincere interest, while stressing the reason she likes walking in the places she visits.</p> <p>"You can see the real life, the real people, in a better way. I do it as often as I can, walk, run in the suburbs and elsewhere just to see how people live there. It's very interesting".</p> <p>*</p> <p>"From the one chronological layer to the other, I read about the ancient history of the Acropolis hill, starting at least 3,000 BC. Then I begin to notice that for some reasons most of the architectures, at least what we see, is of the 5th century and I start wondering why. And then I see another sign saying that the hill was destroyed by the Persians 100 years before, and then I begin to imagine all this and to rebuild them (in my mind). At that time people were recycling, we can see that on the walls, in the buildings. I find this very interesting, how the culture of the other one comes as a kaleidoscope," told Mrs Kaljulaid with sincere interest, while stressing the reason she likes walking in the places she visits.</p> <p>"You can see the real life, the real people, in a better way. I do it as often as I can, walk, run in the suburbs and elsewhere just to see how people live there. It's very interesting".</p> <p>*</p> Estonian President Kaljulaid visits Frontex after meeting Tsipras, Amna, Greece 2018-05-17T22:00:00Z 2018-05-17T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/media/interviews/14346-estonian-president-kaljulaid-visits-frontex-after-meeting-tsipras-amna-greece Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid visited the operational offices of Frontex on Friday as part of her official visit to Greece. During her arrival, Kaljulaid told Athens Macedonian News Agency that she is visiting Frontex as Estonia has contributed considerably to boost its technical capabilities.</p> <p>*</p> <p>President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid visited the operational offices of Frontex on Friday as part of her official visit to Greece. During her arrival, Kaljulaid told Athens Macedonian News Agency that she is visiting Frontex as Estonia has contributed considerably to boost its technical capabilities.</p> <p>*</p>