Coalition to drop two new taxes
Representatives of the Center Party, Social Democrat Party, and Pro Patria Res Publica Union (IRL) agreed on changes to the coalition’s tax package that will see the income tax pledge and package excise duty instruments dropped, while the sweetened beverages tax will be retained.
02.06.2017, Karin KangroPM
Estonia's public administration minister resigns over NATO remarks (1)
Estonia's Minister of Public Administration Mihhail Korb on Wednesday filed for his resignation from the Cabinet post in connection with the remarks about Estonia's NATO membership made by him during a meeting with war veterans the day before.
Government to allocate €8 million to Haapsalu railroad
After a week's discussion, the government approved Estonia's transport infrastructure investments plan for 2018-2020 yesterday. The plan will concentrate on the Tallinn-Pärnu highway and the Tallinn and Kärdla airports. Construction of the Haapsalu railroad is also included in the plan. The government will be investing an additional €135 million into transport connections.
12.05.2017, Georgi BeltadzePM
Economic policy leaning to the left
Even though the economic policy of PM Jüri Ratas' government leans more to the left than those of his predecessors, there is no cause to talk about a clear left turn in Estonia, sociologists conclude.
09.05.2017, Kristi MalmbergPM
Beer giants fail to change government's mind
Parent companies of Estonian breweries said after meeting with PM Jüri Ratas yesterday that because the government will not drop its plan of hiking excise duties ahead of schedule, breweries will just have to adjust and dial back investments in the long run.
15.03.2017, Lennart RuudaPM
Estonia: Ratings of Center, Reform even out
The ratings of the Center Party, senior member of Estonia's three-party ruling coalition, and the opposition Reform Party effectively became equal in March, it appears from a survey taken by Kantar Emor for BNS and Postimees.
Center Party again tops popularity ratings in February
Estonia's most popular party in February was the Center Party which was supported by 27 percent of respondents, results of a survey commissioner by BNS and the daily Postimees and carried out by pollster Kantar Emor show.
Fate of internal security academy hanging by a thread
A special political committee is set to convene tonight to decide the extent of moving the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences to Narva. That tensions are running high is reflected if only in the fact that two ministries' calculations concerning the cost of the move are €15 million apart and both have resorted to an arsenal of subtle arguments.
13.02.2017, Oliver KundPM
Party members less than generous
Estonian parliament parties received fewer donations than usually in post-election 2016 for a total of €1.2 million.
13.01.2017, Karin KangroPM
Businessmen make huge donation in exchange for decisions
A precedent was born in Estonian party financing immediately before the new year when eight businessmen donated a total of €800,000 to political parties. The donors say the money comes as thanks for long-awaited decisions in addressing the country's low birthrate.
10.01.2017, Oliver KundPM
Estonian minister eyeing graduated-rate tax on sugary drinks
Estonia's Minister of Health and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski intends to impose the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages as a graduated-rate tax and not to levy the tax on dairy products and beverages containing naturally occurring sugars, Postimees said.
27.12.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Estonian president signs tax amendments into law
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Friday promulgated the new governing coalition's package of tax amendments despite interest groups' opposition as well as the 2017 State Budget Act.
Estonian finmin wants to allow drawing up state budgets with structural deficit
Estonian Finance Minister Sven Sester wants to draw up state budgets in the future in a way that if a small structural deficit should occur, it could be covered with a structural surplus in the following years, and the government is to discuss the proposal at the beginning of next year.
Third of votes unstable
Center Party chairman Jüri Ratas and his team took solace in knowing that only two of the party's 27 Riigikogu delegates belonged to former chairman Savisaar when the coalition was put together. Every role call vote of late shows they still number around ten, and that they remain critical.
13.12.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Finance committee likely to remove car registration tax from bundle of amendments
The finance committee of the Estonian parliament will apparently decide on Monday to exclude the amendment introducing a variable rate car registration fee from the bundle of amendments to tax laws put before lawmakers by the new coalition government.
Center's popularity lead over Reform Party narrows to 1 pt in November
Estonian Center Party's lead over the Reform Party in popularity rankings has narrowed to one point, it appears from a survey Kantar Emor pollsters conducted for BNS at the end of November.
Offer that couldn't be refused
Even though the position of social protection minister came at an inconvenient time for Kaia Iva, she felt it would no be right to turn it down, and she will have to accept the title of the Pro Patria Res Publica Union's (IRL) first female minister.*
02.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
The era of crossing out spreadsheet entries is over
Minister of Internal Affairs Andres Anvelt promises to update the system instead of pursuing austerity for the sake of austerity in the field of internal security. He says that Estonia should restore community police, give municipal police more powers, and allow insurance companies to assist in documentation of traffic accidents.
01.12.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Taavi Roivas was PM 974 days
As the new government led by Juri Ratas is to be sworn in on Wednesday, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas will have been in office for two years and eight months or 974 days.
Ratas' government takes office
Chairman of the Center Party Jüri Ratas was given powers to form Estonia's next government with 53 votes after three hours of answering MPs' questions in the parliament yesterday.
22.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Our coalition can do without monkey business
Jüri Ratas, set to officially become Estonia's prime minister the day after tomorrow, believes it is important Estonia would not be limited to Tallinn and Tartu, and that the tax system would finally be updated.
21.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Free Party will not join new govt coalition
The Free Party will not join the new government coalition being set up by the Estonian Center Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL).
Future government plans wide-ranging tax reform
The new government plans to introduce an €315 million investment program, privatize, either in part or in full, four state-owned companies, lay down a banking tax, abolish income tax incentives on loan interests etc. Grand redistribution of taxes is also in the pipeline that will see minimum income exempt from tax raised from the current 170 euros a month to 500 euros from 2018.
18.11.2016, Tõnis OjaPM
Talks entering home stretch
While the desire of the partners of the new government, now tired of night sittings, to keep their soul and face remains a minor annoyance, the Center Party's promise to ensure voting discipline means the triumvirate will have an agreement by tomorrow evening, which it can then present to party councils on Saturday.
17.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Initiatives need to be implemented soon
The prime minister's economic development working group, headed by Erkki Raasuke, presented its report to the public and the incoming coalition yesterday. The working group was paradoxically called to life by outgoing Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, while the fruits of its labor will now benefit his three biggest competitors.
11.11.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Coalition agreement progress one day at a time
Estonia's possible new triumvirate government hopes to sign the coalition agreement, talks on which kicked off with security topics the day before yesterday, by the end of next week. Yesterday saw the parties move on to tax and economic questions, which are also on the agenda for today. The hopeful coalition will work through Saturday to take a day of rest before the new week on Sunday.
11.11.2016, Karin KangroPM
Ratas says no long coalition agreement will be drawn up
According to Juri Ratas, chairman of Estonia's Center Party who launched coalition talks on Wednesday, the new government coalition is not to draw up a long coalition agreement, but will instead agree on general principles and in the future will be ready to head all good ideas.
Estonian PM ousted in confidence vote
The Estonian parliament on Wednesday expressed no confidence in Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.
Heads of 5 Estonian parlt groups invite PM to resign by 2 p.m. on Wednesday
Chairmen of five Estonian parliamentary groups after a meeting on Tuesday afternoon invited Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, the chairman of the Reform Party, to resign as head of government by Wednesday at 2 p.m. or otherwise all five parties will express no confidence in him.
Center Party to form new government
The Center Party will be a part of the next government – this much is for certain today. Whether the race for a new government will be won by the Reform Party or Pro Patria (IRL) and the social democrats (SDE) together will become clear in the coming days.
08.11.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Survey: Center Party is still Estonia's most popular party
The Center Party and the Reform Party were Estonia's most popular parties in September, while support for the opposition Conservative People's Party (EKRE) and the Free Party is declining, results of a survey commissioned by the public broadcaster ERR and carried out by pollster Turu-uuringute AS show.
Cash-starved coalition flops bad
Rebellion or avoidance at fines bill vote yesterday points at fracture at board level of Reform Party where internal opposition has set in while in-party voting isn't always very fair.
14.04.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: spotlight kills fines bill
Had Postimees not shined spotlight on the doubling-of-fines issue a few weeks ago just before they had planned the final vote, in all likelihood we'd already be paying 'em.
Editorial: fidgeting in comfort zone
This week, this Taavi Rõivas government turns one year old. The Reform, Soc Dems and IRL coalition has cruised like circus bus – one engine, many drivers, the engine tweaked while in gear plus body work applied. The passengers i.e. people don't trust them too much… And yet it moves. And it does go a little further from point A – not necessarily to point B though.
Rõivas to critics: while you talk we work
Within first year while in coalition with Soc Dems and IRL, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) has managed to send administrative reform into parliament, tidy the eastern border and bring in seven refugees. Therefore, he dares say he's at helm of a government of great decisions and ambitious above average.
08.04.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: statemanship v cheap points hunt
Assessing the legislation, we paint quite a good picture of responsibility shown at Toompea. Five years ago, Estonian Service Industry Association initiated its best/worst law competition doing a decent job reflecting the words/deeds balance in our politicians. Wanting to get something done in earnest v pure populism.
Coalition divorcing over partnership?
By yesterday, seven IRL parliamentarians were poised to vote for registered partnership act implementation provisions to pass. Nevertheless, in their struggle for points scored in eyes of electorate the parties managed to get entangled in a fresh mess.
29.01.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: power struggle under gay couples cover
Turns out, they may actually split the government, and that formally because of the registered partnership act implementation provisions. In the tussle, good will by soc dems is just nowhere to be seen. And the other two seem to be lacking any trace of trust.
Soc Dems keep gambling on Registered Partnership Act
Inability of coalition to agree about an outwardly easy personnel issue has singled out Soc Dems as the partner proposing peculiar solutions from exiting the government to early elections.
16.12.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: the three-prime-minister nation
«Whenever companions don’t agree, they work without accord; and naught but trouble doth result, although they all work hard.» Observe the Estonian governmental version of Crawfish, the Pike, and the Swan by Ivan Krylov.
Hestitation coalition created by Rõivas embraces seasonal Christmas peace
Born in deep inner distrust as situation in parliament allegedly offered no better variants, the coalition led by Taavi Rõivas has arrived at a point where they just don't feel like altering the government before Christmas. But the spring may bring salvation.
10.12.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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
Parts hopes govt will stay together in spite of his candidacy
Former Estonian Prime Minister Juhan Parts, nominated by the minister of finance for the Estonian seat in the European Court of Auditors (ECA), expressed hope on Friday that his nomination will not lead to a collapse of the government despite opposition to him by Social Democrats.
SDE secretary general says 'red line' has been reached
The appointment of former prime minister Juhan Parts as candidate for the Estonian representative in the European Court of Auditors (ECA) despite public opposition by the Social Democratic Party (SDE) is taking relations between partners in the ruling coalition to a critical point, the secretary general of SDE, Inara Luigas, said.
Editorial: trust shaking, govt standing
In the common clay pot of the threefold coalition, new cracks are these days being discovered while pointing at one another saying was this you? Even so, the pot is intact being one of the kind in the household. And the cooking will go on, near-term. This might be a picture to paint about this next crisis of trust.
Rõivas returns from China to resolve conflict
IRL vs Soc Dems clash plays trumps into Reform hands regarding desirable EU post.
27.11.2015, Joosep VärkPM
Every party gets a part
Starting today, Riigikogu discusses the 2016 state budget bill. Among other things, the lucky ones will emerge who are in for a windfall of extra taxpayer money – depending on level of love by parliamentarians. No surprise if the likes of Public Broadcasting (ERR) and Olympic Committee (EOK) get showered.
26.11.2015, Joosep VärkE24
Pariisi rünnak lõi ka äriturismi
Pariisi planeeritud korporatiivüritusi tühistatakse järjest ning mitmed ettevõtted on palunud oma töötajail sinna mitte reisida, põhjuseks hirmud reisitõrgete ning ebaturvalisuse pärast.
17.11.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Estonia eyes engagement against ISIS
At defence ministry, ideas have been put into writing regarding Estonia's options between three likely foreign missions looming. A scenario would take our soldiers back to Iraq, to train combatants fighting Islamic State.
26.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
PM: No political declarations will be added to Estonian-Russian border treaty
No political declarations will be added to the border treaty between Estonia and Russia, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Thursday.
Refugees, reforms, pigs, milk ...
Launching the fresh political season today, Riigikogu stands faced with problems at home and abroad. Not limited to the European refugee issues, heads of the factions think it important to progress with administrative/state reform, helping the farmers, and work capacity reform.
14.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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
Ossinovski and his several sorry options
In the Hesitation Coalition handed at least some extra time to rule, the Soc Dems chief Jevgeni Ossinovski has an opportunity to show himself a team player and aim for truce in government and own party.
08.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: the past and the bickering
Understandably, the Soc Dems are moving into a governing position their new chief Jevgeni Ossinovski. For one, that's a surer way to see the coalition treaty is honoured. On the other, hand, why send defence minister and party's former chairman Sven Mikser into Riigikogu?
Palo ponders leaving politics
Having announced resignation from entrepreneurship minister's post this Sunday, Urve Palo (Soc Dems) says she is considering leaving politics altogether and will decide within days.
01.09.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Editorial: travelling on, in discomfort and political reality
This one thing she got wrong. Having stepped down in anger, business minister Urve Palo slammed this govt a «coalition of convenience». Nothing comfy here, even for Reform.
Business minister resigns
Yesterday, Soc Dems management decided that they continue in coalition and intend to maneuver chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski into government. Also importantly, minister or entrepreneurship Urve Palo said she would step down.
31.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Fate of coalition to be settled on Sunday
For several weeks now, the governing coalition has been discussing social democrats' proposals to amend the power treaty. The talks are nearing their end and the Soc Dems management, convening on Sunday, will determine whether what has been achieved is acceptable and sufficient to continue in the coalition.
28.08.2015, Indrek MäePM
Posing the presidential question: a he or a she?
In a little less than a year, Estonia gets its next president. Increasingly, the people are liking our fresh foreign minister Marina Kaljurand.
26.08.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Bribe clouds hover over Oleg Ossinovski
Engulfed in Latvian corruption scandal, Estonia's richest entrepreneur in charge of an international railway business Oleg Ossinovski has unavoidably affected the political career of his son and Soc Dems chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski.
11.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Soc Dems demand add-ons to coalition treaty
Having convened yesterday, Soc Dem board opted to continue talks with partners-i-government in order to enter additional clauses deemed important during August.
10.08.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
IRL «benevolent» towards Soc Dem treaty tweaking initiative
Convening yesterday afternoon, IRL elders opted to continue talks concerning proposals to alter the coalition treaty as pressed by Social Democrats.
06.08.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Ligi blasts SDE's wish to revisit coalition agreement
Jurgen Ligi, Estonia's minister of education and research from the ruling Reform Party, criticized sharply coalition partner Social Democratic Party's (SDE) wish to reopen the coalition accord at Thursday's press conference of the government.
SDE sends proposals re coalition agreement to partners
The board of the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) on Tuesday evening formally sent to its coalition partners Reform Party and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) proposals for making changes to the coalition agreement.
Tallinn soc dems present proposals to tweak Estonian coalition treaty
Monday night, Soc Dems Tallinn region board forwarded its advice on how to alter the coalition agreement, main points being rise of income tax free minimum, a ceiling set to elections costs, and inclusive budgets for local governments.
15.07.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: the taxing decisions
The tax amendments package passed this Monday night was nothing nice. Pragmatically, it does secure the execution of policy agreed in government and the coalition can get its compromises enacted.
Estonian parlt passes tax law amendments
The Riigikogu on Monday passed amendments to the Social Tax Act, Income Tax Act and other laws according to which the excise duties on alcohol, tobacco and fuel will be raised faster than planned by the previous governments and the value added tax on accommodation services raised from 9 percent to 14 percent.
Editorial: a government taking its time to be born
The power trio is showing initial signs of ability to function. Sending the four year budget strategy for parliamentary discussions, they have finally expressed the actual tax amendments intended.
The power trio and its triple crisis
Yesterday, they approved tax package and budget strategy in the government. Based on that, coalition talks might be called conclusive – at long last. Even so, the political peace is not everlastingly here, as two more gauntlets remain to be run in May and June. And all three have a unique internal crisis to manage.
22.05.2015, Argo IdeonPM
Fall in support to 19 pct leaves Reform Party 2nd in popularity rankings
The Reform Party which in March was still the most popular party in Estonia with 28 percent support has since fallen to second place, ranking far behind the Center Party with 19 percent, it appears from a survey conducted by TNS Emor for BNS.
Fuel excise rise protested in Toompea
At mid-day, yesterday, a demonstration against fuel excise rise was held in Toompea, registered and organised by EKRE youth organisation Sinine Äratus (Blue Awakening).
27.04.2015, Meribel SinikaldaPM
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.
Estonia's new government takes oath of office
Ministers of Estonia's new government of the Reform Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) on Thursday took their oaths of office before the parliament.
Editorial: new govt set to accelerate thru grey stone
The new government is in office and ready to roll. Not much time to accelerate, admonished the President. Counting from Election Day, the 38 pages of the agreement took 38 days to complete – Estonia’s record length of the ages. In the words of prime minister Taavi Rõivas, it emerged through the grey stone.
Minimum wagers to get extra €900 per year
At least in terms of financial support, the incoming government leans towards the poor and families with kids. This, say social workers, will ease the tens of thousands barely making it payday to payday.
09.04.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Yesterday, coalition agreement was signed in the white hall of Riigikogu by representatives of Reform, Soc Dems and IRL. Two hours after the event, prime minister candidate Taavi Rõivas (Reform) launched into his speech before parliament about bases for forming the government. Having heard that, with 58 yes-votes the Riigikogu awarded him powers to get with it.
09.04.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Estonian parlt gives Roivas powers to form govt
The Riigikogu voted on Wednesday to give Taavi Roivas, chairman of the Reform Party, powers to form the next Estonian government.
Roivas: It's logical that Cohabitation Act will take effect in Estonia
Answering a question from a Center Party MP in parliament on Wednesday, prime minister designate Taavi Roivas said the enactment of the Cohabitation Act is a logical course of events.
Three Estonian parties sign coalition deal
The Reform Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) on Wednesday signed an agreement to form a coalition government to govern Estonia during the four years until next elections.
Hesitation coalition signs truce
At noon today, the long-awaited governmental document gets its signatures by Reform, Soc Dems and IRL. Whether for four years or four months – at least the month-long toil is over. For a moment.
08.04.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Estonia's govt coalition to lower social tax to 32 pct
According to Estonia's new coalition agreement the social tax would be lowered by 1 percentage point as of 2017 which would reduce tax receipts by 80-90 million euros per year.
Jurgen Ligi tipped for education minister
Member of the Reform Party's governing board Jurgen Ligi, former minister of defense and finance, will in great probability get the portfolio of education and research in the new Estonian government.
06.04.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
IRL to give ministerial portfolios to Reinsalu, Sester, Pomerants, Tsahkna
The ministerial portfolios given to Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) under the three-party coalition deal will go to Urmas Reinsalu, Sven Sester, Marko Pomerants and Margus Tsahkna, the party's governing board decided on Monday.
Reform to get 7 govt seats, SDE and IRL 4 each
The Reform Party will be responsible for seven areas in the new Estonian government and its coalition partners Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) for four areas each, the leaders of the three parties decided Monday.
Excise rise to drown Estonia in illegal fuel
The sharp excise rise on motor fuels planned to cover costly election promises will push Estonia back into the times a few years back when local fuel market was ruled by masters of dark tax schemes.
06.04.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Will the three wise men finally deliver?
After month-long gruelling efforts, Reform chief Taavi Rõivas said yesterday that they are on finishing line. Was this an April Fools’ Day thing? Rather not, one would guess.
02.04.2015, Tuuli KochPM
7+5+5 hesitation coalition possibly emerging
Imagine the feeling of putting together a government and handing out portfolios with every party pondering a makeover in a year, latest. Tomorrow, Reform the chief talker will get its initial real life chance to have something agreed. For a moment, Good Friday cools their heads. Come Resurrection Sunday, the three may convene their councils and flash green lights to «hesitation union» to emerge.
31.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Roivas: Estonia's coalition agreement would cost more than EUR 300 mln
Coalition agreement of the three Estonian parties at present engaged in coalition-building talks is more than 300 million euros, chairman of the Reform Party, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, said and also mentioned excise duty hikes as sources for covering costs.
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
Editorial: the new Riigikogu – longing for a coalition
Today, work began for the new and 13th membership of the Riigikogu as elected by Estonian citizens four weeks ago. As Board of the Riigikogu gets elected, we get hints if coalition talks are nearing the finishing line or are we in for more days filled with negotiations.
Power talks to drag on for days
Today, representatives of Reform, Soc Dems (SDE) and IRL have another go at getting closer to agreement in three main issues for potential coalition and locate the financial sources to cover costs thereof.
27.03.2015, Karin KangroPM
Power trio – the only option
Despite the red lines drawn, angry letters exchanged and doubts flaunted, the three parties trudging along towards coalition don’t really see another option than to somehow eventually agree.
25.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
One step back, two steps forward
The power talks are on again, spurred on and coloured by the new Riigikogu convening next Monday – beginning by electing its Board. And, places at the Board of the Riigikogu have always been part of power agreements.
24.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Estonian coalition hopefuls opt for thematic workgroups
The Reform Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), which are holding talks to form a coalition government, decided on Monday to set up thematic workgroups to increase the effectiveness of their consultations.
Power talks break down
With no real results to show, coalition talks have grinded to a halt. With Reform Party left rather alone, the deepening human mistrust between parties is foreboding.
19.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Free Party, Social Democrats want coalition talks stopped in present form
The Free Party has proposed that the four Estonian parties holding talks to form a government coalition break off the talks in their current form and the Social Democratic Party (SDE) supports the proposal.
One glaringly not needed
On this tenth day of power babble, chief talker Taavi Rõivas (Reform) said the weighty decisions start today – on the afternoon of which he leaves for Brussels for a couple of days.
18.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Creation of coalition to take time
Though on homestretch with initial discussions on priority topics, top Reformer Taavi Rõivas says the parties will need weeks till coalition agreement begins to take shape.
16.03.2015, Karin KangroPM
Power talks turn eloquent, embellished and emotional
Admits negotiator-in-chief Taavi Rõivas (Reform): discussions on economy were very colourful. Adds IRL head Urmas Reinsalu: excellent ideas abounded like smorgasbord.
12.03.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Now what? Tough times at IRL
While following the noisy leadership meeting at IRL yesterday morning chairman Urmas Reinsalu announced stepping down in June, campaign No 1 Juhan Parts is out of sight and participates not in preliminary coalition talks.
10.03.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
In issues of security, unity
Reform chairman Taavi Rõivas said that they, Soc Dems, IRL and the Free stand united regarding vital importance of allied relations in NATO as well as enhancing capacity of Estonian national defence. Thus, the coalition discussions on security and defence proved harmonious.
10.03.2015, Karin KangroPM
IRL ranks require renewal
Parallel to power talks, Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) leaders convene today to discuss issues of coalition and details of party council session on March 21st. While no longer directly on agenda, at any IRL meeting election results keep cropping up.
09.03.2015, Sigrid KõivPM
Toiling towards coalition, by SMS and demanding theses
Calling three parties to coalition talks, Reform is in obvious urge for swift solution as each passing day pumps smaller partners with fresh faith, stronger stakes and other options.
05.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Coalition tension in top gear
The parties in power, rather equal by starting positions ahead of elections as shown in latest Emor poll, are picking a fight: Reform Party is accusing soc dems in Russia-mindedness, the latter smell in squirrels a thirst for revenge.
03.02.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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.
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.
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
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
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.
The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global Partners
President Obama met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Estonian Prime Minister Tavi Roivas in Tallinn, Estonia on September 3. The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and Estonia, which are rooted in our shared values, ideals, and interests.
04.09.2014, The White House, Office of the Press SecretaryPM
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.
Editorial: what’s the budget line for financing optimism?
It’s still summertime, but the signs of fall can’t quite be denied – note the occasional showers and birds of a feather flocking together. The joyful holiday faces of politicians as shining at Festival of Opinion Culture – the Arvamusfestival – in Paide recently will soon undergo a change in the corridors at Toompea, some to be thoughtful, some critical. As the Reformers and soc dems are hammering away at their first common budget, it takes no political or economic analyst to see – the task ain’t easy at all, in the current situation.
The budget brings quite a headache
Money «pre-eaten» by costly coalition promises and nearly nonexistent economic growth.
18.08.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Work capacity reform delayed
Yesterday, Riigikogu social commission received amendments to work capacity reform bill by coalition MPs whereby the latter desire to raise the income level triggering cuts to work capacity benefits and to postpone entry into force of the law by half a year till January 1st 2016.
12.08.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
Editorial: look further than a few years
Work capacity reform, the new coalition’s initial bone of contention, should not be rushed with. The practical aspects ought to be thoroughly considered. Let’s not forget, also, that regionally the conditions for getting to work – public transport, jobs on offer, willingness and ability of local governments – greatly vary. Overlooking such small yet vital details, the reform cannot be of expected benefit.
Cheap cigarette prices set for sudden jump
In a rare accord, Big Tobacco, taxpayers union and health activists agree that tobacco excise needs to primarily rise on the cheap cigarettes storming the market. That ought to make cigarettes harder to obtain for the youth. Today, the government will be deliberating the issue, as new coalition brings a new excise bill.
29.05.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: partner change a boost to Reform Party
Fresh Emor poll says popularity of Reform Party has grown to 29 percent – should Riigikogu elections happen tomorrow, that’s how many would vote for the senior coalition partner. The last time squirrels were so well liked was 1.5 years ago, in October-November of 2012. By 27 percent, soc dems come second at basically same level as last month.
Sitting on two chairs, again
Unlike his predecessor Allar Jõks the current Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder cannot be expected to stand, in principle, against Riigikogu members taking a seat at local councils.
03.04.2014, Argo IdeonPM
New ministers sworn in
Before Riigikogu yesterday, ministers in the new Reform Party (RE) and Social Democratic Party (SDE) coalition government uttered oaths of office, then lining up for the traditional snapshot.
Editorial: the government – big promises, bleak premises
To do its job, the new government has less than a year. Let’s face it: first, they have to get accustomed to being government; then, the Riigikogu goes on summer holiday. And then it is elections campaign time. So: no great outlook for essential work. Add the obvious instability of the international situation, likely leading to economic consequences, we have identified another hurdle for the govt of Taavi Rõivas.
Government calling Mayor of Tartu
As admitted to Tartu Postimees by mayor of said city Urmas Kruuse (Reform Party), he has been proposed to assume post of health/labour minister in coalition under construction.
21.03.2014, Jaan OlmaruPM
Editorial: effectiveness more essential than items in treaty
The new government (if formed) is not blessed with comfy times to enter office. One thing to write stuff in coalition treaty – another matter what months ahead may bring in the shaky world next door, as also pertains to our economic environment. Clearly, the coalition-to-be-created must stand ready to react, swiftly and flexibly, to changing circumstances. Just like the two governments of Mart Laar, and the second one of Andrus Ansip’s.
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
Reform/SDE coalition treaty gets signatures
Today, in the White Hall if Toompea Castle, Reform Party and Social Democratic Party (SDE) coalition agreement was signed by chairmen of said parties, prime ministerial candidate Taavi Rõivas and Sven Mikser, respectively.
20.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
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
Portfolio innovation spawns a socio-financial government
New ministerial positions needed to point towards definite problems, says coalition-to-be.
18.03.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Negotiators dividing the money
In all likelihood, Reform/Soc Dems coalition treaty gets signatures this Thursday before Board of the Riigikogu elections
17.03.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Ilves has decided: Rõivas named candidate for prime minister
This afternoon, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves nominated Taavi Rõivas (Reform Party) as candidate for prime minister and thus tasked with forming a new government of Estonia.
Editorial: a prime ministerial getaway
Siim Kallas takes flight for life more peaceful.
Kallas «leaving as one who didn’t succeed»
Postimees secures interview with Siim Kallas, the almost-prime-minister-to-be, at Tallinn airport just before the EU commissioner enters airplane.
13.03.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
President: no power vacuum as premier vacates post
Yesterday in Kadriorg, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves thanked the resigning Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and assured no power vacuum would be created in Estonia – as the old government continues till the new steps into office.
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
Editorial: grand question mark straightens into grand coalition
The post-election observations, by many, proved right: despite the hardships and hurdles, Germany again gets a so-called grand coalition i.e. a broad-based cabinet made up of Christian democrats (CDU/CSU) led by Angela Merkel and soc dems (SPD). The negotiations took months and were no piece of cake for participants thereof; even so, the outcome may prove quite stable – rather fresh in their memories linger both positive and negative experience from cooperation in 2005–2009.
Coalition at boiling point
This weekend, Reform Party gathers for its council with 18 per cent support – lowest of all in Riigikogu. Whether they acknowledge it or not, a larger part of the rest of Estonia understands that the scandal culminating around Sirp is not merely a culture newspaper issue. Rather, these are the aftershocks of Ice Cellar Initiative of exactly a year ago, of the continued dissatisfaction with the arrogant style of leadership, now specifically of culture minister Rein Lang.
21.11.2013, Tuuli KochPM
Mart Laar: IRL should consider quitting coalition government
Former IRL chairman Mart Laar has sent fellow party-members a letter advising IRL, in the light of the Reform Party scandal, to consider creating a new governing coalition. Read the letter underneath, unedited by Postimees: