Unlike USA, Estonia cheap to become President
In the United States of America, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on presidential campaigns. In Estonia, those running seek to keep spending near zero.
04.08.2016, Gert SinilooPM
Editorial: Clinton v Trump
In Philadelphia yesterday, the Democratic Party ended its convention by setting up Hillary Clinton as presidential candidate. To showcase party unity, lots of top cadres supported Ms Clinton such as president Barack Obama and her primaries opponent Bernie Sanders. Somewhat surprisingly, a culmination was the emotional and mighty address by first lady Michelle Obama, historic by now no doubt.
Savisaar v Kallas brewing?
Increasingly, party think-tanks are thinking about upcoming presidential elections and in Reform ranks Team Siim Kallas is being planned.
04.02.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Eastern European background of Kallas seen as strength in Europe
As unveiled in October by former European Commission vice president Siim Kallas (67), he is running to lead the ALDE party uniting Europe's liberals and democrats. Currently campaigning for the post, he will need 488 votes at ALDE conference in Budapest, on November 21st. If picked, the man will lead some fifty parties over Europe.
04.11.2015, Hanna-Hulda ReinkortPM
Editorial: hey, keep on eating everybody!
Mighty these days is the torrent of information. Whatever we pick out and apply, is our own business. let's read wisely and avoid adding what isn't there. The health development institute guidelines are just that - guidelines and no commandments. Meanwhile, seeing the agency is competent, why not stop and think daily diet over.
Icelander's campaign makes pen-selling Syrian single dad a wealthy man
Abdul, a refugee from Syria, was in the right place at the right time. A photo taken of him became a global hit and by now the single father of two has been donated over €142,000. What will he do with the money? Underneath, an Icelander behind the campaign Gissur Simonarson talks to Postimees.
01.09.2015, Marian MänniPM
Afghanistan organizes analogue for Estonian 'Let's Do It!' civil initiative
A campaign titled "Let's Do It!", an analogue for an Estonian civil initiative bearing the same name (in Estonian «Teeme ara!»), took place in Afghanistan on Aug. 8 and 9 with 9,200 people participating, including in Kabul where three suicide bombings took place a day earlier.
Editorial: new head of state on horizon
The landscape regarding presidential elections in the fall of 2016 is far from decided. But - there's still time. Presumably, the public debate heats up come New Year.
Cornflower campaign has raised almost EUR 43,000
A charity campaign organized by the Estonian Wounded Warriors Association to raise money for the purchase of a walking robot raised nearly 43,000 euros during the first ten days, which is half of the targeted sum.
Editorial: no pay, no say
Today’s Postimees provides an overview regarding money coming to political parties during first three months of the year – as membership fees and donations, as well as drawn from state coffers. Glaringly, percentage of membership fees continues as pittance of sum total.
Parties living on state support while members forget fees
Judging by membership fees, political parties – eager to have the masses believe in their goodness and superiority – have miserably failed among own ranks.
15.04.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: predicting the parliament – a four, five or six pack?
Two parties with no prior parliamentary experience look likely to clear the 5 percent threshold this time around – Free Party and EKRE.
Centre Party top popular before elections
As general elections near, Public Broadcasting/Turu-uuringute AS poll shows Centre Party as frontrunner mediates ETV’s «Aktuaalne kaamera», while Free Party and EKRE look set to break into parliament – both supported by six percent of respondents.
Taavi Rõivas is sneaking into schools
Ere February is over, the Reform Party chairman and Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas running for Riigikogu in Harju and Rapla Counties plans to have held speeches in gymnasiums of Rapla, Kohila, Kuusalu and Saue. At that, part of the appearances have been fixed by party buddy and parliamentarian Kalle Palling.
03.02.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: the pre-elections state of mindlessness
Last week was spiced with strange things that happen as people in parliament get all elated about getting elected again. At times, calls have been made for them quit the sessions at campaign time – unavoidably, it all boils over with populism and attempts to shine forth. On the other hand, however, why grant folks at Toompea the privilege? Work on, honourable ladies and gentlemen, just as the other candidates for the most part do.
Likable, as a lady not liked by all
Fulfilling a long-cherished dream, on April 1st last year, Maire Aunaste had a go at a monologue type play «Jaded but made-up» at Võru Kannel community house stage – to have a good laugh at her very self, mostly.
02.02.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Small party popularity surges
A fresh TNS EMOR survey ordered by Postimees on party ratings serves surprise with joy to newcomers.
23.01.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Reformers purge their sinners while soc dems go gambling
Over the weekend three major parties confirmed their lists of candidates, the soc dems risking the most: with luck, they may harvest the freshest faced faction of all, a flop leaving some top politicians outside of parliament.
12.01.2015, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: it’s elections, not war
«I’ll put on my tie and go scream at others on TV tonight,» is what Raul Rebane wrote about election campaign methods in Postimees last week. In the story by Nils Niitra about listless parliamentarians, the deputy Aivar Riisalu thus describes the colleagues not outstanding by activeness: they sit in bottom of the trench, trembling, green in the face, calling for Mama to help and wondering why they’re in the war after all.
Editorial: fighters testing the role conflict fringe
Reform Party political technologists may, perhaps, be patting each other on the back: in the vastness of the web, campaign video filmed at Ämari Air Base is living a life of its own while (news) portals and social media are awesomely astir. Taavi Rõivas, as party chairman and prime minister, has endless opportunity to harp a political message on security. Even so, the very freshly prime minister ought to already have experience and statesmanship enough to realise there is a line better not crossed in a democratic rule of law – one which political games may easily infringe.
Prime Minister drags Defence Forces into politics
In Estonia yesterday, NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg met at Ämari Air Base with local servicemen and Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform Party, RE), but defence minister Sven Mikser (soc dems, SDE) was not invited – due to opposition by prime minister and his team, we hear. Also, Mr Stoltenberg festively met with President Toomas Henrik Ilves and foreign minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (RE). The meeting with Mr Mikser got scheduled last of all.
21.11.2014, Liisa TagelPM
Editorial: the run is on
By President, Riigikogu elections are yet to be proclaimed. There’s two months plus to go till official campaigning period kicks in on January 21st. But the waiting is beyond the parties to bear.
€60,000 splashed for Oscar
For the very first time, to our knowledge, a locally produced movie – «Tangerines» – is being campaigned for Oscar.
04.11.2014, Tiit TuumaluPM
Savisaar to wage war on sales of spirits
Tallinn health coalition headed by Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar has tasked Tallinn city government headed by Edgar Savisaar with substantially restricting availability of alcohol in Tallinn.
23.10.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Editorial: incomprehensible anger
Tomorrow, Riigikogu features second reading of Cohabitation Act and, with that passed, the third and final one is due this Thursday already. Few are the bills triggering such bursts of emotions as the Cohabitation Act, while there are hundreds of laws touching larger segments of the society.
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
Elections watch: campaigns short of substance
EU elections watchmen say the main breach of good practice was emptiness and brinkmanship of campaigns – especially so by single candidate Indrek Tarand, IRL, and Reform Party.
Threats don’t work
In fight against alcohol and tobacco, fear appeals are ineffective or rather provoke a backlash, say behaviourists.
23.04.2014, Liis VelskerPM
Ilves bought a liver leaf badge to support veterans
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, has joined the Salute Them charity campaign, which was launched today, by purchasing liver leaf badges for himself and his family from members of the Women's Home Defence to support the veterans of the Defence Forces and the Defence league and their next of kin.
Russians baffled by Enterprise Estonia campaign
Matryoshka-campaign costing €28,000 and aimed at Russian tourists has stirred emotions – by now, the video-clips are therefore deleted.
26.11.2013, Viktoria KorpanPM
Estonia's biggest parties to spend EUR up to 1 mln on campaign
The parties of Estonia's ruling two-party coalition, Reform and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), are planning to spend up to one million euros for campaigning ahead of the Oct. 20 local polls, spokespeople for the parties have said.