Free Markets, Free People

Estonia’s Break with the Soviets is Complete: A Government that Promotes Doing Business

This is the future for which so many former Soviet Republics strive, even now: A world where the past is honored, but new frontiers are broken, where men voluntarily work together to make a better world.

Jews and the Former Communist Bloc

This is not to say that anti-Semitism is uniquely confined to these states; rather, in the absence of a healthy polity, anti-Semitism takes root, sickening civil society and government, which in turn breeds more anti-Semitism.

The Puzzle of the Baltics

Beneath the success of these individual stories is a somewhat odder truth: the Baltics only fit the European Union slightly better than they did the Soviet one.

Estonia Open to New Greek Bailout; Cats and Dogs Living Together in Berlin Next?

This is a dangerous gamble. Poor but thriving Estonia may not be thriving much longer, and may not have enough to help rich but struggling Greece.

Estonia’s Delicate Dance

Despite its remarkable gains, Estonia has shown no sign of being able to escape its culture and its past.

PRISM Fallout Casts a Pall on East-West Relations

The problem for the West’s allies is that the PRISM program sounds almost exactly like NKVD/KGB operations, from secret wiretaps to anonymous government officials analyzing reams of data to identify suspects behind black, closed doors.

Foreign Policy Names Estonia Best Investment Destination in Europe

Estonia has become increasingly influential in European circles for its tight fiscal management and an economy that has shown surprising resilience in the face of the ongoing slow meltdown of Europe.

Estonia Boasts Lowest Government Debt in EU

Estonia boasts the lowest government debt in the entire European Union. In case anyone from Germany is reading this and scowling, it is worth adding that Estonia’s numbers were also the lowest by percentage of GDP.

Eastern Europe: Investment Opportunities Survive Bad Economy

With Europe in recession, the East will face continued tough times. However, even today some countries and some companies are doing well. With the right policies, the region can prosper in spite of the West’s difficulties.

Estonia: Government Innovations Lead the Way

Tallinn obviously had advantages that other former Soviet republics did not. Nevertheless, Estonia’s e-government experience demonstrates that even a small nation can take an innovative lead.