Today we mark a significant event: we have been free again for a quarter of a century. Free as a people and as a state.
When we look back at the Estonian people's past, we see a prevailing undercurrent in the promotion of our self-awareness and culture.
This is the concept of "we too".
That "we too" are equal subjects as a people, that our language and culture should have a place under the sun.
Or – like Kristjan Jaak Peterson asked two centuries ago:
Does not the language of this land
in the wind of song or
rising to the sky have a right
to search for an eternity for itself?
The future of the European Union was the main issue discussed at the meeting of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves sent a letter of condolences to the Head of State of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, in which he expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the victims of today's earthquake in Italy.
On the occasion of Vice President Biden's visit to Latvia, we, the United States of America, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, reaffirm our strategic alliance. Faced with an unpredictable security environment, we commit to deepening our cooperation and our efforts to ensure security and stability in the region, as part of NATO's approach to collective defense.