Nr 26 • November 2005

The Success of Foreign Missions Is Crucial for Us

Those who suggest that the Estonian Defence Forces should pull out of a international crisis zone for domestic political reasons and offer something else – something ‘abstract’ – in exchange for our military contribution remind me of Tõnisson from Oskar Luts’s Suvi who did not want to give his signature to Toots, but was too stingy to lend him any money either because, as Tõnisson put it, “there ain’t that much of it anyway”.

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English summary

This issue of Diplomaatia begins with an interview with Chris Patten, the former European Commissioner for external relations, who argues that “the notion, that the substance of foreign policy is simply to be nice with foreigners, is dangerous.”

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