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Prime time

— Tallinn


Estonia has a brand image as a modern hi-tech nation, but today it’s dealing with some old-fashioned troubling issues. In his private offices at Stenbock House in the capital Tallinn, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip talks to Monocle about difficult neighbours, adopting the euro and why it’s his moral duty to send troops to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan, Rebranding, Stenbock House, hi-tech

Estonia may have a population of just 1.3 million, but since winning back its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the country has constantly found itself in the headlines.

The world’s business press has marvelled at the feverish growth rate of this Baltic tiger’s economy – and its recent brutal taming. Political pundits have picked over the nation’s strained relations with Russia – in 2007 the decision to move the Red Army war memorial, and the soldiers buried beneath it, from the centre of Tallinn to a graveyard on the outskirts of the…


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