The Estonian ´East to West Migration´ as an Ontological Anxiety and its Lessons for Europe

The Estonian transformation from an eastern outpost in the West to a western outpost in the East merits scholarly attention. The case study departs from the paradox that the Estonian constitutional theory and practice has opted for one of the most liberal interpretations of the primacy claims of EU law, despite the sovereignty clause of the Estonian Constitution. The initial hypothesis is that the concept of sovereignty as imaginatively presumed and practiced in Estonian courts, media and academia has been always strongly security dominated and thus understood in the collective imaginary as necessarily shared. This relates to political-normative, financial and defense (or ontological) sovereignty and conditions them. The context might invite to rethink statehood, sovereignty and EU membership from the lens of postcolonialism, the predicament of belated modernity and fragility of statehood and the so-called ontological anxieties among peoples, rulers, courts and academia.