Proposed EU agriculture cuts draw protests

BRUSSELS, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Demands to slash European Union spending on agriculture has resulted in protests from the Baltic states, France and others who say it will hit farming too hard.

Estonia could host parts of Nord Stream

TALLINN, Estonia, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The Estonian government said it was too early to draw conclusions about the country's potential role in additional lines for the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

Estonia swaps kroons currency for euro

TALLINN, Estonia, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The first day of 2011 saw Estonia become the first former Soviet state to replace its currency, the kroon, with the euro.

Protesting student behind Estonia cyberwar

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- An ethnic Russia student has become the first person convicted by Estonian courts of involvement in the cyber-attacks against the Baltic state last year.

Mob attacks Estonian embassy in Moscow

MOSCOW, May 3 (UPI) -- A mob supporting the Russian government in its conflict with Estonia attempted to assault the ambassador from the Baltic republic in Moscow.

Estonia election changes little

TALLINN, Estonia, March 5 (UPI) -- The face of Estonia's Parliament changed very little Monday as vote counting showed incumbent Prime Minister Andrus Ansip retained power.

Russia 'indignant' over defacing of statue

MOSCOW, May 24 (UPI) -- Russia has condemned the defacing of a statue in Tallinn, the Estonian capital, which honors Soviet soldiers killed during World War II. A statement on the Foreign Ministry's Web site read: "Moscow is indignant over the desecration of the Soviet Soldier M

Estonian PM to Russia: Apologize

TALLINN, Estonia, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The prime minister of Estonia has said that Russia should apologize for the Soviet Union's occupation of his country.

No survivors of Estonia helicopter crash

TALLINN, Estonia, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Authorities say there are no survivors of the Finnish helicopter that crashed in the Baltic Sea Wednesday.

Estonia prez nominates new PM

TALLINN, Estonia, March 31 (UPI) -- Estonian President Arnold Ruutel has nominated Reform Party leader Andrus Ansip as his next prime minister, Interfax news agency said Thursday.

Andrus Ansip (born 1 October 1956) is the current Prime Minister of Estonia, and chairman of the Estonian Reform Party (Estonian: Reformierakond).

Born in Tartu, Ansip graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in Chemistry in 1979. He worked as an engineer at Tartu State University from 1979-1983 (with a two-year break for mandatory military service). He was an Instructor in the Industry Department and Head of the Organisational Department of the Tartu District Committee of the Estonian Communist Party from 1986-1988. Ansip has been involved in several banking and investment ventures. He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the People’s Bank of Tartu (Estonian: Rahvapank), Chairman of the Board of Livonia Privatisation IF, and CEO of Investment Fund Broker Ltd (Estonian: Fondiinvesteeringu Maakler AS). He also has served as Chairman of the board for Radio Tartu.

In 1998, Ansip was elected as Mayor of Tartu as a candidate of the centrist-right Reformierakond (Reform Party), a position which he held until 2004, to great popular acclaim and very high ratings in the opinion polls. He had run in previous elections for the Riigikogu, the Estonian Parliament, but had always given up his seat in order to remain Mayor. He was succeeded by fellow Reform Party member Laine Jänes.

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