Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, Visits IU
Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, spoke to a standing-room-only audience at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies Tuesday, August 29. Travelling with an Estonian business delegation, the Prime Minister’s visit to Indiana included a meeting with business partners in Indianapolis as well as members of the city’s Estonian Society before the Bloomington appearance. The approach of Estonia’s centennial of independence provided the occasion for Ratas’ remarks about his country’s history, its commitment to justice, democracy, and international relationships, and its current global status as a technological and political leader.
Having established its independence from the Russian Empire in 1918, Estonia was annexed by the Soviet Union during World War Two. The Baltic republic restored its independence during the collapse of the Soviet regime in 1991, and became a member of the European Union and NATO in 2004. Estonia currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.