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Foreign Policy Priorities of Estonia

  • Andres Tarand

    member of European Parliament, Estonian Social Democratic Party

The starting points for defining Estonia’s foreign policy priorities are the following: globalisation as one of the ever deepening processes in the modern world, and three aspectsof the Estonian state – as a nation state, small state, and border state.

There are a number of conflicts between globalisation and the nation state, but also between the internal balance of the recently independent states and European integration. On the other hand, the concurrent status of Estonia as a small state and border state means that these conflicts have to be overcome as a priority in order to maintain sovereignty. Foreign policy priorities that arise from the task of optimisation and that have been generally agreed on in Estonia are therefore membership in the EU and NATO. As a third priority, regional cooperation within the Baltic Sea region could be mentioned, stressing also the possibilities of additional positive regulations in relations with Russia.

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