No. 41




No. 41, June 2020

Focus: Development of the European Union

Sixteen years after the accession to the European Union, it is time to explore how strong the relations between Estonia and the European Union are, and to what extent we as citizens perceive ourselves as the Europeans. 

Matti Maasikas discusses the moral and legal choices of the coronavirus crisis. Analysis of the unity of the European Union by Klen Jäärats continues the focus topic.

Kaja Tael writes about climate issues and Karin Rannu about Brexit, the article by Siim Tiidemann deals with Common Agricultural Policy, Christman Roos discusses real-time economy and Marti Mölder the positioning of Estonia’s political parties in European political landscape, Viljar Veebel analyses defence cooperation in Europe, and Liisa Talving and Piret Ehin summarise the last European Parliament elections in Estonia and in Europe. Marion Reigo gives an outline of the development and the current situation of the European Parliament.
The discussion panel of the members of the Riigikogu dealt with the reaction of the European Union to the unexpected crisis.
Besides the European Union issues, connections of legal theory to the quality of legislative drafting in Estonia, the Digital Silk Road in the Arctic and the current situation of the state reform are analysed.

Summaries of articles are in English.

Full articles in Estonian

Editor-in-Chief’s Column

RiTo conversation circle

  • Current Crisis Will Bring us back to Earth

    On 15 April, representatives of the parliamentary parties Anneli Ott (Centre Party), Marko Mihkelson (Reform Party), Anti Poolamets (Estonian Conservative People’s Party), Mihhail Lotman (Isamaa) and Ivari Padar (Social Democratic Party) discussed if the European Union had responded adequately to the current crisis, how to assess it in short and long-term perspectives, and what the lessons from the crisis were