Separatists in Luhansk want to exchange an Estonian
An unexpected turn is about to take place in the case of Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov, standing trial in Ukraine for fighting for Donbass separatists – it is possible he will be exchanged and handed over to separatists in Luhansk instead.
02.02.2017, Jaanus PiirsaluE24
Brussels Airlines läks täielikult Saksa Lufthansa valdusse
Saksa lennufirma Lufthansa teatas kolmapäeval, et ostab ära Brussels Airlinesi ülejäänud 55-protsendilise aktsiapaki ja võtab selle täielikult oma valdusse.
Small farmers scraping off ministerial rot aka Hay or Urmas
Next to the field one detects these steaming freshly pressed rolls of smouldering, smelling and mouldy matter. Just some few years ago, farmers were spared the toil of scraping off hay spoiled by rain on the fields. Now, that's the rules.
15.08.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Braving Brussels: officials with families smell chance of lifetime
Estonian EU presidency happening half a year early, Estonia's officials have to act swift and get settled in Brussels. Talking to two, Postimees found them unafraid and upbeat.
02.08.2016, Elisabeth KunglaPM
Brexit throws Estonia towards hurried EU presidency
Late last night, Council of the European Union announced its decision to move Estonia's presidency to an earlier term by half a year i.e. for the fall of 2017. At Government Office secretariat responsible for the presidency, work towards that end is in full swing. What, for us, will be the difference?
27.07.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: a changed world
Recently, the phrase «the world is not what it used to be» has been well worn out. The truth being, the world is in constant change while it is the tempo that differs, and the perception of it all.
25.07.2016, Urho MeisterPM
Editorial: Estonia touched by the tragedy of Nice
Of the people dead or injured after the truck attack in Nice, over half were from abroad. And for the first time, terrorism and its consequences have brought mourning and grief into families in Estonia.
Entrepreneurs unsupportive of proposal by Vähi
Responding to call by former prime minister Tiit Vähi to improve (business) relations with Russia, entrepreneurs showed understanding while, unlike the Poet of Sillamäe owner, they support troops of NATO in Estonia.
05.07.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Nordica foresees €15m of loss
The new national airline Nordica is expecting a €15m loss for first financial year, caused by high starting costs.
17.06.2016, Marge TubalkainPM
Hanso: Kremlin itself is turning Ukraine into a Western nation
In Brussels yesterday, defence minister Stepan Poltorak faced the press after the NATO-Ukraine committee session. The first question, a sharp one, was by a countryman: «Isn't controversial that our army is being reformed by the same people who ruined it for 24 years?»
16.06.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Nord Stream 2: the multylayered lobby
During the last half year, gas pipe Nord Stream 2 discussions have heated up both in Brussels and in former Eastern bloc. Lobbying by builders is in top gear. The main confrontation is between critical politicians claiming this is security threat to Europe, and the builders who say it is pure business.
09.05.2016, Joosep Värk
Tere tulemast Brüsseli kommipoodi!
Brüssel – Euroopa pealinn, linnade nulltase. Linna peal ringi käies unustad aeg-ajalt ära, kas viibid parajasti Stockholmis, Pariisis, Londonis. Äkki hoopis Amsterdamis? Selles mõttes on Brüssel kunsti jaoks väga hea linn, et mõjub umbes samamoodi nagu valge sein muuseumisaalis, ideaalse neutraalse taustana. Ehk just seetõttu tundusid ka kõik kunstisündmused Brüsselis erakordselt huvitavana.
01.05.2016, Kaarin KivirähkPM
EU directive to hit tiny tourism firms hard
Fresh EU directive will make life harder for smaller tourism firms required to provide full insurance of services. Should a tourist run into trouble during his travel such as airline filing bankruptcy, travel agent pays back full money. For large companies (such as Estravel) the requirement has always applied; however, it will now be extended to the smaller firms providing two services – accommodation and entertainment.
27.04.2016, Johanna VahuriPM
Unconventional warfare expert: Europe must prepare for the worst
When fighting ISIS, it is paramount to counteract their recruiting activities in Europe and this is best done by European Muslims themselves says Estonian Defence Forces Major Margus Kuul with Master's from US Naval Postgraduate School in defence analysis and irregular warfare.
13.04.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Estonian ForMin cancels warning against travel to Brussels
The Estonian Foreign Ministry has changed its travel advisory concerning Belgium by canceling the warning issued earlier this month to Estonian citizens against visiting Brussels.
Chancellor says several airports to boost security shortly
Internal security chancellor at interior ministry, Erkki Koort thinks that the new security measures long resisted at European Commission level will finally be approved in wake of the terror in Brussels.
24.03.2016, Risto BerendsonN24
Video: Adele saatis eilsel kontserdil terroristid pikalt
Lauljatar Adele katkestas eile õhtul oma Londonis toimunud kontserdi, et südametäiega terroristid pikalt saata. «Me oleme siin kõik ühel ja samal põhjusel ja ma loodan, et ma suudan teie meelt lahutada. Me oleme siin, me hoiame kokku ja juba see näitab, et me oleme paremad kui need f****,» ütles Adele publikule.
23.03.2016, Dagmar LampPM
The question was when, not whether
«You going to Brussels?» asks the lady at car rental counter in Calais, France. Her accent is strong but the English pretty much okay, otherwise. «Brussels is besieged!»
23.03.2016, Juhan MellikPM
Editorial: Europe's last chance
A EU summit in Brussels today bring together heads of states and governments with Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to discuss taming of the migration crisis. On Friday, Donald Tusk charged with chairing the summits told those participating: «We are closing the route across Western Balkans, the main route through which 880,000 migrants flowed into the European Union last year, and 128,000 during the first months of 2016.»
Editorial: the EU must show confidence
There is no possibility of a longer debate to be held over permanent mechanism of relocation of refugees. It is highly unlikely that pivotal decisions will be made regarding the single Schengen visa space. Both are statements by Estonian interior minister Hanno Pevkur. Politically cautious, somewhat in officialese, and therefore a rather European declaration on extremely vital topics ahead of today's meeting of EU interior ministers.
04.12.2015, Urho MeisterPM
Estonia a candidate for satellite data platform
Estonia has interest and capacity to create Baltic Sea satellite data platform, said enterprise minister Liisa Oviir following an unofficial EU and European Space Agency ministers meeting in Brussels this Monday.
02.12.2015, Aivar PauPM
In Ukraine, society outperforms state
Inconsistent and unsystematic approach wherefore the society fails to function, sounds the straightforward verdict on Ukrainian development by double Olympic bronze medalist Jüri Tamm in his Kiev office. With compassion, though, as the man is a great patriot of the renewed Ukraine.
27.11.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Kallas «would have regretted not trying»
Beaten by Dutchman Hans van Baalen at election for chairman of ALDE, the union of European liberals, Siim Kallas says sticking with current policy was preferred.
23.11.2015, Joosep VärkPM
Jan Palmér: Estonian Air restructuring programme was excellent
Estonian Air's CEO Jan Palmér with aviation background in Sweden and Denmark is convinced the restructuring plan prepared for the airline three years ago was very good.
09.11.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
The Estonian Air Judgement expected this Saturday
European competition authority decision regarding state aid to Estonian Air is coming this week, several sources assure Postimees.
06.11.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
E-commerce waiting for Common European Click
Selling goods and services into other EU states, smaller e-commerce enterprises bump into lots of obstacles. Top officials in Brussels say a large part will be removed near-term, and digital single market will cause European economy to grow once again.
21.10.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Rising defence spending in all of NATO looks unlikely
Though members of NATO pledged last fall to increase their defense spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic products by 2024, it is unrealistic to assume that this goal will ever be reached by all 28 allies, says Carnegie Europe head Jan Techau.
19.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
1,500 Estonian firms shirk waste treatment
Environment ministry will target enterprises trading with electronics and tyres which, say the officials, are importing goods harmful for nature while unwilling to pay for recycling thereof.
16.10.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Wanted: cool name for Estonian Air
Estonian Air will be binned as trademark even if company gets green light by European competition authority to continue being pardoned the massive state aid as national airline.
09.10.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Stock exchange listing mulled for new flag carrier of Estonia
Should European Commission declare state aid for Estonian Air unlawful, pilots and cabin crews of flag carrier will be invited into a new national airline.
16.09.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Tallinn rocked by farmer power
Addressing the protest rally in front of the parliament building yesterday, Tartu County farmers chief Jaan Sõrra vowed to spread dung across the castle front should governing politicians fail to deliver on EU support as promised.
15.09.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Andrei Kuzichkin: avenging Parmesan or why Russia bulldozed food
News from Russia, reminiscent of reports from the front: «As of August 15th, Russia has destroyed 50 tons of foreign products of animal origin, and 450 tons of vegetable products ... Over 500 kg of products were seized from hand luggage of Russians arriving from abroad. Confiscated - and destroyed.»
24.08.2015, Andrei KuzichkinPM
Editorial: cheese laid to rest
Last Thursday, massive and demonstrative imported food destroying action was launched in Russia against stuff falling under countersanctions category.
«Putin is as powerful as Estonia's president!»
In Russia, things are bad. Judge for yourself: anti-Putin conspiracy is already underway! Liquidation of Russia is being attempted! Putin's orders aren't being obeyed! Russia isn't a sovereign state and needs to be saved!
28.07.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Estonia to accept 150 refugees from Mediterranean area in Phase 1
European Union interior ministers in their emergency meeting in Brussels on Monday endorsed a decision of the European Council aimed at helping 60,000 refugees and concluded an interim agreement under which Estonia will accept 150 refugees of the Mediterranean crisis in the first stage.
Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand: I believe in cooperation and inclusion
In interview below, Estonia's freshly appointed foreign minister Marina Kaljurand says she values broad based foreign policy and counts on her earlier experience in foreign service.
16.07.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Editorial: the brittle edge-of-knife deal
When asked by Postimees to sum up 2009 (our toughest in recent history), the twice prime minister Mart Laar stressed this: «IMF control and Latvian path avoided.»
Põhjus, miks Kreeka on võimeline kolmandat abipaketti pisut edasi lükkama
Kreeka ei teinud ära viimast makset IMFile ning uus kokkulepe peaks saabuma päevade jooksul. Kuid Real Time Brussels'i arvutused näitavad, et nii Kreeka valitsusel kui võlausaldajatel on kolmanda abipaketiga aega talveni.
08.06.2015, The Wall Street JournalPM
Editorial: fresh spring winds or windows firmly shut
With month and a half to go till general elections, hopes are somewhat up. Dissatisfaction with state of affairs has sent a signal: changes expected. In two ways, at least.
Allied forces to remain in Estonia
Yesterday’s NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels was the first after the alliance’s September summit in Wales. While three months back the vision was laid down to strengthen collective defence, yesterday an overview was provided on advancement thus far.
03.12.2014, Jürgen TammePM
MEP Indrek Tarand invites 13 Tallinn homeless to European Parliament
Thirteen homeless from Tallinn are to spend two days in Brussels next week at the invitation of Estonian MEP Indrek Tarand to get acquainted with the work of the European Parliament.
Juncker granted a gemütlich welcome
Jesting about turning dictator or female, the Luxembourgian conservative pocketed 423 yes and 209 no votes at European Parliament – a mandate to kick his commission into gear starting November 1st.
23.10.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Keyword: common digital market
No argument whatsoever against directing public services into Internet, said Andrus Ansip – candidate for European Commission vice president over common digital market, in opening statement to grilling before MEPs last night in Brussels. Mr Ansip vowed to do all in his power to link public services all across Europe.
07.10.2014, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Editorial: a delicate European problem called Viktor Orbán
A headache indeed – the increasingly autocracy-minded statements and the ever tightening cooperation with Putin’s Russia by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The issue being: how united is Europe in its values, firstly, and secondly in bridling the warlike neighbouring Kremlin. Obviously, the latter is searching for weak links in Europe. Alas, the still economically troubled Hungary and its populist-type anti-Brussels PM provide for one.
Juncker charged to look for ladies
With lion’s share of member states nominating males for commissioners, European Commission is faced with acute gender imbalance.
16.07.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Brussels ticket dearest for Tunne Kelam
EU elections heaviest advertiser was IRL with a TV campaign lasting a whopping eight weeks – remarkable even with Riigikogu elections, to say nothing about running for MEP.
05.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: picking personas
Estonia has enriched the world with use of «duck decoy» for vote magnets intending to boost other party cadre. But this time around, at EU elections, we go for the very persons – a poll ordered by Postimees shows two thirds will look to people, not parties. A whopping 54 percent will be banking on personas, plus a 19 percent who regard a politician above his party. Now, we can elect open lists, meaning that the ones with most votes in a party list will head for Brussels (and Strasbourg).
Jean-Claude Juncker: Ukrainian Lessons
The challenge the Ukrainian crisis poses to the European Union's foreign and security policy can be precisely measured: 50 metres - the distance between the Justus Lipsius building where the heads of EU governments hold their regular summits, and the Berlaymont headquarters of the European Commission just across the road.
15.05.2014, Jean-Claude JunckerPM
Editorial: be bold, talk to the politician!
No easy job, for a MEP-to-be on the road in Estonia. So let’s start by acknowledging those to at least try to meet the voters. The larger part seems content with one word slogans – Brussels (for voters) is far away, Riigikogu elections (for politicians) are at the door and resources (money, ideas and people) are used very sparingly.
Rail Baltic derailed?
Settling fate of Rail Baltic express railway now a matter of weeks.
16.04.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: a prime ministerial getaway
Siim Kallas takes flight for life more peaceful.