No. 43




No. 43, June 2021

In focus: coronavirus crisis.

The new issue of the Proceedings of the Riigikogu (Riigikogu Toimetised, RiTo) sheds light on the background of the coronavirus statistics, the interplay of restrictions and fundamental rights, new genetic studies, herd immunity, the global quest for vaccines, and pandemics starting from the beginning of time.

In the opening essay, Professor Irja Lutsar writes about the wider background of the crisis and discusses the opportunities to prevent future crises.

The focus topic is continued by family physicians Karmen JollerAgne Annist and Elle-Mall Sadrak who describe the role of family physicians in Estonia over the entire timeline of the COVID-19 crisis.

Ilmar Raag examines the COVID-19 crisis communication and discusses the coronavirus crisis fatigue.

In addition to the topics concerning COVID-19, the new Proceedings of the Riigikogu also addresses the essence of democracy, touching upon the pre-war attitudes of the Estonian national leaders and their readiness to give up part of Estonia’s sovereignty in exchange for greater security. The journal also sums up the experiment with the Government’s task forces and covers the inequality in the Estonian health care funding and the changes in the labour market.

Editor-in-Chief’s Column

  • Lessons

    As I am writing these lines, Estonia is enjoying warm summer weather, the streets are crowded with people, the shopping centres are full of shoppers and the restaurant terraces are packed with customers. Everything appears to be almost like it was before. The past year was something in which we did not want to and did not know how to live. However, it seems to be over now. It is time to count the losses and to move on.

RiTo conversation circle



  • My First Fifteen Years as an Estonian Member of the European Parliament

    As a long-time Member of the European Parliament (EP), the author shares his memories of the first EP elections in Estonia and the popular attitudes in Estonia in 2004 when we joined the European Union.

  • Three Dilemmas of Democracy

    My doctoral thesis Pääsemine ja häving: Demokraatia mõju Soome ja Eesti julgeolekule aastatel 1918–1948 (Salvation and Destruction: Democracy’s Impact on the Security of Finland and Estonia in 1918–1948) argues that the relationship between democracy and security can be reduced to the three classical dilemmas: freedom vs. security, freedom vs. sovereignty, and sovereignty vs. security.  The aim of the article is to examine these dilemmas by providing examples from Estonian and Finnish history.