Kallas not planning running for second term
Reform Party presidential candidate says he had to meet Edgar Savisaar because leaving the Centre chairman out of the election process he would fail to succeed anyway.
12.08.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Allar Jõks: president of Estonia must be more involved with Estonia
Carrying a burden for Estonia's future as citizen and former Chancellor of Justice, Allar Jõks says life is too long to spend it bored.
08.08.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
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
On road to Syria, fear nearly turned Toom back
When about to enter into Syria from Lebanon this past weekend, MEP Yana Toom (Centre Party, ALDE) said she was actually about to turn around for the sake of security. EU imposed sanctions on Syria in 2011, extended this May till July 2017.
13.07.2016, Georgi BeltadzePM
IRL pockets biggest party donations in second quarter
According to data filed to watchdog, IRL led the pack in political party donation in second quarter with €23,165, trailed by Sod Dems at €16,617 donated, Reform (€10,622), the Free (€3,135) and EKRE (€2,849). Centre Party is yet to send in the data.
12.07.2016, Karin KangroPM
Editorial: the evasiveness of stepping down
A politician found guilty of offence related to office ought not to keep his post like nothing happened. Even so, the next convicted Centre cadre and city district elder Alar Nääme «sees no need for stepping down.»
Editorial: Akela errs
In the «Jungle Book» by Rudyard Kipling, we remember reading how head of the wolf pack Akela let a prey slip while hunting. He was old, and not as good as he once was. The word spread and foes seized their chance. As Mr Kipling personally put it: «Once the head of the pack begins to err, they will be calling him a «dead wolf» no matter that he's still alive, as he hasn't got long to live.»
A party fixed by fun
The Centre Party council meeting this past Saturday felt like two kettles separately boiling. Thankfully, a blunder by speaker merged the camps in laughter and made waves after the session ended.
13.06.2016, Katriin TrallaPM
«After accident» drinking to equal drunk driving?
Legal affairs committee at Riigikogu has been discussing if post-crash drinking ought to be equalised with drunk driving, based on Riigikogu member Dmitri Dmitrijev (Centre) case. The committee hopes for an amendment by fall, latest.
03.06.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Reps rising as Presidential candidate for Centre
Riigikogu faction of Centre Party, distanced from chairman Edgar Savisaar, wishes to set up former education minister Mailis Reps as candidate for President.
12.05.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Few viewers, many critics
13,000 – this was the amount of viewers who this Saturday watched part one of «Savisaare protsess» series produced by Tallinn TV for taxpayer money.
27.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Savisaar securing power by granting positions
Yesterday, Tallinn city council member Abdul Turay announced his exit from Soc Dems ranks while not excluding joining Centre Party at some point. Power possibly slipping, Edgar Savisaar seems to be offering jobs.
13.04.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Tallinn hires top lawyers to fight laid-off mom
Having laid off a mother, a first, Tallinn City Office hired two sworn lawyers of Aivar Pilv Law Office for labour dispute committee with court case in view if needed.
11.04.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Might Savisaar loose grip over Tallinn?
Weeks ahead will show if maneuvres in Toompea might rob the Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar of his cherished relic – power in Tallinn.
01.04.2016, Tuuli KochPM
The duel that never happened
Last night, Centre Party's Rapla County region elected «Camp Change» Mailis Reps as chairman with just one vote against. Originally planning to run as her rival, Erki Savisaar* bowed out at eleventh hour leaving Ms Reps the only lonely candidate.
31.03.2016, Dagne MihkelsPM
Despite Centre board headwind, Simson stays at helm in Riigikogu
Yesterday, Centre's Riigikogu faction went against decision by party board from the day before and voted for Kadri Simson to keep on leading it.
24.03.2016, Karin KangroPM
Savisaar to be prosecuted in a couple of months
In addition to suspicions stated earlier, prosecutor's office suspects Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar has also accepted banned donations and done large-scale money laundering. As next step, the prosecutor's office is compiling statement of charges.
17.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Centre civil war drags board member before court of honour
Yesterday, power struggle in Centre entered fresh phase as working group called by secretary-general Priit Toobal decided to summons Mailis Reps, party board and Riigikogu member, before court of honour.
15.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: the Centre values divide
In Estonian politics, Centre doubtless is a heavyweight. The party most popular, the major force in opposition – on state level. Meanwhile, its current regional elections may prove vital in view of upcoming Presidential elections this August and definitely the local elections in October 2017.
Camp Savisaar airdrop on Tartu flops
At Centre Party regional elections in Tartu this past Saturday, Riigikogu member Heimar Lenk repeatedly grabbed the microphone and demanded that he and others from Tallinn be granted the chance to greet those present. To no avail.
14.03.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Refugees better favoured by Estonians than by others in the land
Of inhabitants in Estonia, most do not desire refugees as neighbours. At that, non-Estonians are more reticent towards refugees than Estonians, shows a Saar Poll study.
08.03.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Centre suspected of accepting €100,000 in anonymous donations
Having spent half a year investigating Centre party's large pile of spare cash, supervisory committee for financing of political parties (ERJK)wants to issue them a precept, suspecting that the party has accepted anonymous donations for an estimated €100,000.
19.02.2016, Karin KangroPM
Centre sees potential benefits in cooperation with party of Putin
Earlier, Centre Party has repeatedly promised to vote over continued cooperation with United Russia. At its assembly this Saturday, they did not. The issue was indeed up for discussion, but vice chairman Jaanus Karilaidwho formerly wished the cooperation would cease is now of the opinion that they might try withing the treaty to seek something useful for Estonia.
15.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Parliament struggling to remember their manners
As admitted by Riigikogu speaker Eiki Nestor, differences do exist between the coalition partners. At that, he urges these to be solved and the mutual communication to be kept civil, honouring one another.
12.02.2016, Tuuli KochPM
EKRE speeds to snap at Soc Dem and Free heels
Compared with last year's end, Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) has gained in popularity and risen to nearly equal Soc Dems and the Free Party level.
08.02.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Toobal to stay secretary-general of Centre
Tonight the freshly elected Centre Party board convenes for its first essential session. As proposed by chairman Edgar Savisaar, Priit Toobal will get re-elected as secretary-general.
18.12.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Infighting bites into Centre Party popularity
While still the top popular party in the land, during this past month Centre has seen its ratings drop by a whopping eight percent as shown by Turu-uuringute AS poll ordered by Public Broadcasting (ERR).
14.12.2015, postimees.ee / BNS / ERR UudisedPM
Longsuffering manifested as nobody jumps ship
Days after the stormy congress, Centre regions are wait-and-see about what will happen with Kadri Simsom under new Team Savisaar. The hopes to replace leader sooner than in two years haven't been buried.
04.12.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Camp Change to carry on
To hope that in two years at next Centre Party congress Kadri Simson could get elected and set up as prime ministerial candidate for 2019 general elections would surely be presumptuous.
01.12.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: a ranting Savisaar untoppled
In Centre Party, changes can happen. But not the kind that Kadri Simson stood for, in light of yesterday. Having hear what Edgar Savisaar had to say, harder still for other parties to imagine a coalition with Centre.
Savisaar stays at helm. Handshake with contender avoided
Following the further humiliation and ridicule of Kadri Simson is his addresses at Centre Party congress yesterday, the old/new chairman Edgar Savisaar said he sets to work building a third Estonia.
30.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
1,092 delegates and 1,500 ballots
To avoid trouble with the pieces of paper, ballots will be handed out as delegates to Centre Party congress this Sunday step up to the boxes. Not at the start of the event, as it has always been.
25.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: the Toobal story moral
The moral is plain as can be: not befitting for adults to seek potential partners in schools. Be the targets opposite or same sex, be the seekers politicians of bus drivers, men or women. Makes no difference.
Centre Party split spawns United Narva
Despite of split in Centre faction in Narva city council yesterday with two thirds thereof forming a new faction named Ühtne Narva (United Narva), the party retains power in the border city.
20.11.2015, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: political ploy presented as protection of rights
As Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar waives court action against Postimees and journalist Tuuli Koch in the so-called agent of influence case, the accompanying arguments raise the issue of why he sued in the first place.
Toobal: these claims are silly
Centre Party secretary-general Priit Toobal desired not to comment on concrete chats with schoolboys.
19.11.2015, Oliver KundPM
In private chats, Priit Toobal wooed schoolboys
«Sry... that was too gay maybe.»
«Nowadays they say all are bi :D so cool :D»
«Might down vodka together sometime :D»
«Thought let's have a sauna [party] and down some vodka :D»
In a recent Facebook conversation, these sentences were written by top Centre Party cadre and Riigikogu member to a 16 years old male gymnasium student. A few hours after learning about the investigative article to be published thereon in Postimees, Mr Toobal announced his resignation from the parliament citing need to defend reputation of the Riigikogu.
19.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Vitsut, Stalnuhhin, Toom and Loone join run for Centre chairman
With current Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar, vice chairman and Riigikogu faction head Kadri Simson and Jaanus Karilaid also in Riigikogu already signed up to run for next chairmanship, Toomas Vitsust, Mihhail Stalnuhhin, Yana Toom and Oudekki Loone entered the list yesterday.
17.11.2015, Karin KangroPM
Centre Party provided answers regarding movement of cash
Centre Party adhered to precept by supervisory committee for financing of political parties (ERJK) and provided answers regarding the extraordinarily large cash remainder exceeding €174,000 as shown in 2014 report.
23.10.2015, Karin KangroPM
Savisaar vs Simson – no bowing out
Distracted, disarrayed, dismayed – descriptions tossed these days about Centre faction folks at Riigikogu, ones thus far known for being organised and disciplined to the uttermost.
22.10.2015, Tuuli KochPM
33 months and €850,000 for parties at power
Two weeks ago, up popped this issue at parties' financing watchdog: what would be even a slightly rational reason for entrepreneur Hillar Teder, one under suspicion in Edgar Savisaar bribe scandal, to have so generously supported the three coalition parties these three years?
15.10.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: shameless swagger and (veiled) threats – why?
Let's picture the normal behavior. A suspect would say he agrees not to suspicion, has not planned to affect witnesses, thinks it not right to be suspended from office and will therefore appeal.
Savisaar's greed to serve Centre a grilling?
Suspicions say the suspended Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar asked money for the party and not himself alone. In high likelihood, therefore, Centre is set to enter suspects list.
01.10.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Court suspends Savisaar from being mayor of Tallinn
Today, Harju County Court accepted application by prosecutor's office by suspending Mayor of Tallinn and Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar from office.
30.09.2015, Dagne MihkelsPM
Savisaar establishes hospital room headquarters
In private ward at East-Tallinn Central Hospital for third day, Centre chairman and Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar will have his heart condition checked today.
25.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Blunder by prosecutor grants Savisaar 1:0 lead
Veteran sworn lawyer Üllar Talviste defending Edgar Savisaar could hardly believe his eyes - a blunder of such caliber and in a matter as weighty as dethroning a mayor: while mailing him the summons, state prosecutor Laura Vaik slipped and attached her working document digitally signed yesterday regarding content of suspicion and prosecutor's essential assessment concerning materials of the charges.
24.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Savisaar's earlier scandals
Among Estonia's top prominent politicians, Edgar Savisaar became known as engine for creation of Popular Front of Estonia (Rahvarinne) as the nation was regaining its independence. Afterwards, however, he has been linked to several scandals while remaining the most popular political figure in the land.
Prosecutor provides details of Savisaar suspicion
This Tuesday morning, Security Police submitted suspicion to Edgar Savisaar regarding repeated acceptance of bribes. According to Attorney-General Lavly Perling addressing a press conference at 4 pm, Edgar Savisaar stands suspected in four episodes.
Back in the picture and hungry for intrigue
Practicing the prosthesis ten steps at a time, Edgar Savisaar has again managed to stir political elation and glee in comrades by declaring willingness to keep on fighting as Centre chairman. And: the will to tease other parties is still in him.
11.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Port of Tallinn politics: channeling cash
Diving into the backwaters of Port of Tallinn corruption, Postimees hit information altogether scandalous: in details, we were explained how the enterprise has for years supported at least two government parties linked to its management with bags of banknotes.
02.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Crimean holidays have consequences
While it is not implicitly forbidden to travel to Crimea annexed by Russia, problems must still be considered after returning from its beaches.
04.08.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
Position of Savisaar unshaken by incapacity
Incapacitated for work, Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar might be released from office. With help from party cadres, the man may stay in office till the elections in 2017.
04.08.2015, Indrek MäePM
Times of change in two-faced Centre
For Centre Party, late autumn this year is a decisive moment as members convene – for conference. Before that, no decisions are taken; rather, a decision or message is expected from chairman Edgar Savisaar undergoing physical recovery.
21.04.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: Finns primed for a nice Prime Minister
What matters most is for somebody to win and put together a government – how apt these words by a Finnish businessman to express the frustration created by former coalition, a motley mix and therefore rather indecisive. Yesterday, the Finns elected themselves a new parliament. As predicted by polls, a decided winner emerged in Centre Party led by its new leader Juha Sipilä.
Parties push to shift talks into top gear
Yesterday, they – Reform, Soc Dems and IRL – talked all day. After that, the latter two headed to their own to talk some more and ponder some compromises.
30.03.2015, Karin KangroPM
Doctors take tough decision
At 10 o’clock yesterday morning, six physicians convened to Tartu University Hospital intensive care unit to discuss action regarding Centre Party chairman and mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar under constant anaesthesia since early Thursday morning last week, his right leg under attack by flesh-eating bacteria.
24.03.2015, Priit PulleritsPM
Edgar Savisaar’s health fails
Taken to Tartu University Hospital intensive care unit as suspected in pneumonia on Wednesday, Mayor of Tallinn and Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar remained in critical condition last night following surgery.
20.03.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
A noisy week of talks class. Enter Pencils
Monday, March 2nd. Reform Party (RE) opts to extend coalition talks invitation to four parties: Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), Social Democratic Party (SDE), Free Party (EVE) and Conservative People’s Party (EKRE).
13.03.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: the six slices of cake
As humbly admitted by soc dem chief Sven Mikser, on elections day voter is king. And, should the king wish two new parties in parliament, the seats cannot obviously be added to the existing 101. Some will have to make way.
Rõivas rules out coalition with Centre
As election results were declared, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) said it was now time to think about a new three party coalition.
Riigikogu elections spiced up with Presidents
Who or what are we going to elect anyway, sounded the justified question as, all of a sudden, possible presidential candidates were thrown into election kettle boiling with parties and prime ministers.
12.02.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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.
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
Quit drinking, keep smiling
Forget the world view. In election programmes, the parties stand united in intent to make life miserable for tipplers and find funds to fill holes in Estonian teeth. At current level of financing, the healthcare system is in dire straits a few years from now, but why mention that?
27.01.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Editorial: the toothless and the slow
In run-up to elections, this is what the parties have detected to be wrong with Estonian health care system: dentists out of reach, and poor knowledge on matters of physical fitness. Unanimously, all see the easily accessible alcohol as a culprit, and election promises let us know this is no way to go.
Toom fetches EU funds to probe woes in North-East Estonia
Yana Toom (Centre Party), elected into European Parliament with over 25,000 votes, has asked for close to €30,000 from European liberal faction in order to host a conference in her electoral district Narva three weeks before Estonian general elections, focussed on the situation and security of the Russian-speaking minority.
26.01.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: the top is tight, the tiny break into picture
The closer the elections, the weightier the polls and the keener the public attention. Too soon to put together coalitions in light of TNS Emor poll, freshly out. Still, two conclusions somewhat leap from the pages. Firstly, it’s intense at the top – the big parties are running rather in a pack. Secondly, the small ones broke into the picture – looks like at least one of these might clear the 5 percent parliamentary threshold, come March 1st.
Russian speakers swap party loyalty in North-East while tough in Tallinn
As evidenced by fresh Postimees/TNS Emor popularity poll, Centre Party support among non-Estonians has sunk from 80 to 70 percent. To a degree, soc dems (SDE) do compete. From former near zero, IRL and Reform Party have attained to a few percent of Russian speakers favour.
23.01.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
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
Jevgenia Värä: instincts, words and deeds
Stubbornly, consensus in Estonia regarding integration remains elusive. As observed by Jevgenia Värä, editor-in-chief for Postimees in Russian: in some issues, it is still easier for parties to only speak Estonian or Russian.
21.01.2015, Jevgenia VäräPM
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.
Paet eyes return from MEP to minister
Member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet (Reform Party) says he does not crown list of candidates as mere magnet for votes. Rather, the man harbours hopes to make it back into next government as minister.
14.01.2015, Oliver KundPM
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
Tallinn provided political facelift
As New Year rolled in, elections got going in earnest with political parties launching open air ad campaigns in streets of Tallinn.
06.01.2015, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Top lethargic Riigikogu deputy discovered
Naturally, the dear reader knows next to nothing about Aare Heinvee – he is the most sluggish of all in Estonian parliament. Vividly, Mr Heinvee’s case serves to show how little attendance of sessions really means. Namely, Mr Heinvee is an ardent sessions attendee, second only to Rein Aidma.
01.12.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Big parties would bring taxes down
For years, the pre-elections political rhetoric has been don’t play with taxes. This time, all parties are throwing proposals more or less radical.
21.11.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Savisaar defeated in court after contesting influence agent article
Yesterday, Tallinn District Court rejected complaint by Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar against Postimees for publishing in 2010 the assessment by Estonian Security Police describing Mr Savisaar as agent of influence for Russia and a threat to security of Estonian state.
31.10.2014, Karin KangroPM
Words by minister trigger political scandal
Ironic haughtiness by finance minister Jürgen Ligi (Reform Party) begun to pour forth on Wednesday while answering questions before Riigikogu related to next year budget. In the evening, he was on TV show «Foorum» and afterwards wrote in Facebook it was a waste of time – the show filled with alien obsessions and nothing else.
24.10.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Parliamentarian insists on innocence
«I am being accused in something which has not been,» MP and former Tartu city council member Urbo Vaarmann (37, Centre Party) told reporters yesterday as he arrived in court.
21.10.2014, Risto MetsPM
Jüri Ratas hoping for coalition with soc dems
Yesterday was Disappointment Day for negotiators among reformer-squirrels and soc dems as Riigikogu Vice President Jüri Ratas opted to say in native Centre Party – one filled with «energy, eagerness and enthusiasm».
17.10.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Gay bill opposer ousted from party
On his Facebook wall, Silver Kuusik – Centre Party member of 10 years’ standing – expressed displeasure with four (former) comrades-at-party for voting for the narrowly passed same sex partnership act.
16.10.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: hired by Tallinn
So now we know: as his legal advisor, Mayor of Tallinn has hired former Harju County Court judge Valeri Lõõnik – once in public limelight as the man who at first instance pronounced «not guilty» those accused in the infamous land exchange saga.
Tallinn hires land exchange judge and culprit
Land exchange case judge Valeri Lõõnik (68) and culprit Ester Tuiksoo (49) have both entered Tallinn payroll, the former employed as legal adviser to Mayor Edgar Savisaar and the latter laying groundwork for Tallinn cooperative credit bank.
16.10.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: «same old same old» for Centre Party
This time, Kadri Simson’s path towards being prime minister was short indeed. Despite the massive media coverage, interviews and programme-articles in almost all the main news channels, the idea failed to grow wings in the place where Centre Party really Editorial: «same old same old» for Centre Party.
Savisaar still No 1
In its office at Toompea yesterday, Centre Party festively turned 23. For the same number of years, the centrists have driven towards elections with chairman at the wheel.
13.10.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Editorial: signs in the air – Estonia set for historic autumn heat
Estonia has stuffed three elections into intense 1.5 years – the local ones last fall; the EU elections this past spring; and the Riigikogu elections when next year’s winter is over. If, among other things, the coalition to be formed next spring will basically agree regarding the next President, our politicians are left with two and a half years of no elections.
Mega moves mulled
Come Riigikogu elections next spring, Jüri Ratas is likely to run in Reform Party shirt.
27.08.2014, Tuuli KochPM
€28,000 of debt outstanding by Edgar Savisaar to Alexander Kofkin
Not long ago, Centre Party chairman and Mayor of Tallinn owed private persons over €200,000. By today, his debt burden has shrunk to €28,000 as stated in declared economic interests.
11.07.2014, Karin KangroPM
Disorder ordered in public order?
July 1st. New law allows for polite binging and protects people by silent hours starting 60 minutes sooner.
16.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Battle joined to jerk Savisaar
Throughout his term, mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar has been enjoying almost opposition-free rule. Now, however, the three «powerless» parties have joined forces and Stage One to remove Mr Savisaar is on.
12.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: Tallinn stirred
While the voter is increasingly into Midsummer Night grill wurst thinking (to say nothing about football), opposition is stretching its fingers towards Tallinn power pie. From two angles.
Centre Party ads trigger criminal procedure
Yesterday, Office of the Prosecutor General launched criminal procedure regarding election ads of Tallinn city government figures (Centre Party), based on application by political parties financing supervision committee.
10.06.2014, Karin KangroPM
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
Politicians ordered to pay for banned election ads
Committee for monitoring political parties’ financing has prescribed that mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar, deputy mayor Arvo Sarapuu, Northern Tallinn district elder Karin Tammemäe and her deputy Priit Kutser, Jaanus Mutli employed at Tallinn business department (all politicians hereunto mentioned belonging to Centre Party) and former Tartu mayor and now health/labour minister Urmas Kruuse (Reform Party) return costs of election ads – originally labelled as information campaign – related to local elections in 2013.
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.
Tallinn Town Store doors swing open
In Lasnamäe, Tallinn, a municipal grocery store was opened yesterday as supported by city finances. Plenty of people gathered to witness the event, mostly those advanced in years. As the ribbon was about to be festively cut, people behind it stood waving balloons with Centre Party election slogans. To counter that, IRL city council opposition was present with posters putting the happening down as a spectacle of the absurd kind.
22.05.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
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).
The same cool* EU coterie?
Pursuant to poll ordered by Postimees, European Parliament elections spell success to Indrek Tarand and Centre Party.
21.05.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Tallinn government opens cheap shop
With all festivity, at Punane St in Lasnamäe this Wednesday, Tallinn city government is opening a municipal shop offering lowest prices while washing away the shame of the flop with Lasnamäe open marketplace, by granting the useless facilities a fresh function.
19.05.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Reform rockets to parties’ peak
Government change provided a positive push for Reform Party – after a year and a half interlude, they again rose to be the most popular political party in the land this May, as shown by a pan-Estonian TNS Emor poll ordered by Public Broadcasting (ERR).
Editorial: how to break into bank vault?
Today’s the day that EU e-elections begin. Just two days ago, and international group of activists came out with an announcement that e-elections are not secure. The repercussions have split people into two fronts. A smaller part (mainly the long-term e-elections critics) thinks it was high time for someone to point out the weaknesses in e-elections. The rest have formed a defence, standing for the reputation of e-elections (and, more widely, of Estonia as an e-state), viewing the experts as an attempt by Centre Party to sway the elections.
Crooks pushing corrupt politicians
Last year, an accelerating trend was spotted by Internal Security Service (Kapo) of organised criminals seeking to plant cronies into local representative bodies. One such case was discovered in run up to 2013 fall local elections in Tallinn, as former Centre Party member Tõnis Bittman planned, with help by persons connected to organised crime, purchases of votes for Robert Sadovski.
Sven Mikser says coalition will live long
Social Democratic Party chairman and defence minister Sven Mikser (40) hopes soc dems and Reform Party will again form government in 2015. One led by him.
04.04.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Mammoths make for Elections of the Ages
With both Andrus Ansip and Edgar Savisaar stepping into the ring at EU elections, pan-Estonian popularity of the two is set for a historic first showdown.
02.04.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Aims abundant, time short
Power treaty of Reform Party and Soc Dems (SDE) amounts to some 3,700 words – three times less than text tying squirrels to dropped coalition partner IRL.
21.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Chancellor of Justice seeks stripping three parliamentarians from immunity
Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder today proposed that Riigikogu waive immunity of Centre Party parliamentarians Lauri Laasi and Priit Toobal for the bringing of charges, and of Urbo Vaarmann in order to continue with judicial proceedings.
20.03.2014, Karin KangroPM
New division of tasks echoes experiment with assistant-ministers
Distribution of ministerial posts by upcoming Reform Party/Soc Dems coalition only feels fresh at first glance.
19.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Centre Party parliamentarian says stop cooperation with United Russia
In an open letter to leaders of Centre Party where she belongs, Olga Sõtnik asks for end to cooperation with the Russian power party, United Russia.
IRL robs soc dems of benefit boost glory
Bill presented by soc dems regarding raising benefits of first and second child, warmed up by IRL, may undergo final voting at Riigikogu as soon as next week.
11.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Reform Party and soc dems in springtime coalition to sniff deal
Creation of new government coalition to kick into official gear on Friday as prime ministerial party chooses its negotiators.
05.03.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Ossinovsky: talk of Russian voter feelings for Savisaar hogwash
Yevgeni Ossinovsky (27), the soc dem Riigikogu member gaining greatest personal popularity in Narva, at local elections, says most Russian-speaking voters in Tallinn have no deep feelings towards Centre Party or Edgar Savisaar.
23.10.2013, Karin KangroPM
Editorial: Centre Party prostitution
A politician sells not himself, only. On the black market, his goods are public interests.
Lausing: Sepp and Parbus jailed for Savisaar’s sake
Party job for recent revelator Tarmo Lausing included meeting businessmen, together with Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar. Asking for money.
16.10.2013, Tuuli KochPM
Lausing says black money given by Simson
According to former Centre Party cadre Tarmo Lausing, 350 000 kroons of unknown origin were handed to him by current deputy chairman Kadri Simson.
08.10.2013, Andres EinmannPM
Ex-Centrist launderer unwilling to leak names
Tarmo Lausing (formerly Centre Party), yesterday owning up to helping party launder hundreds of thousands of kroons, opts not to reveal who brought him the money – and whom he, thereafter, asked to donate it to Centre Party.
04.10.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Centre Party vows full fury for defectors
Ere the local elections ever start, Centre Party promises to expel anyone running outside its own lists. No such purge is planned by other parties.
20.09.2013, Karin KangroPM
Centre Party adds €7,200 to last year’s report
Centre Party has retrospectively added €7,205.38 worth of donations and membership fees into its register. From that, over €2,100 came from the fist and close to €3,300 from the second quarters of 2012. For the most part, we are talking about one or two digit sums on money.
18.06.2013, Karin Kangro