Brussels Diary

“The Brussels Diary With Yana Toom”: One-Way Traffic Towards Another Cold War

A year and a half after the start of the pandemic, the EU is finally spreading its wings – thanks to vaccines and “Green Passes” (Covid passports). Sh...


“The Brussels Diary With Yana Toom”: What Harm Can European Social Policy Do To Estonia?

In a week, on 7 May, the EU summit will begin in the Portuguese city of Porto, and it will be not a simple summit, rather a social one. Europe’s leade...


“The Brussels Diary With Yana Toom”: Relationship Between Europe And Russia Is Becoming More Complicated

The relationship between Europe and Russia is becoming more complicated by the day. Everything is entwined into one skein: Ukraine, Navalny, US sancti...


“The Brussels Diary With Yana Toom”: EU Would Work Better If Europe Had A Single Federal Government

Last Friday, Mart Helme of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) announced that he would form a group in the Parliament in support of Estonia’s exit ...


“The Brussels Diary With Yana Toom”: Why an American company is breaking into the European market

It is the second year of lockdowns in Europe, and the EU is disconcerted.The number of patients is growing. The vaccines are lacking. Not everyone wan...


“The Brussels Diary With Yana Toom”: Latvia, Russian-Language Schools And European Court Of Human Rights

In April, as sure as fate, our eternal topic of the changeover of kindergartens and schools to Russian-language instruction will become stirred up. On...


“The Brussels Diary With Yana Toom”: How To Ensure That Human Rights Are Actually Respected In The EU?

Last Thursday, a colleague of mine in Renew Europe, Pascal Durand, and I held a seminar (online, of course!) in which experts discussed a topic that...


“The Brussels Diary With Yana Toom”: Green Passports and "Not-Our" Vaccines

NB! According to the project of the European Commission, vaccines that are not approved by the European Medicines Agency can be included in the “green...