Veronica Anghel: Eastern Europe, President Trump and his not-so Great America
Trump’s mandate to the White House indicates that human rights and democratic political reform are no longer at the core of American foreign policy. A vanning American power is bad news for the young democracies of Eastern Europe.
27.03.2017, Veronica Anghel, BukarestPM
Fake democracy had its effect
The merger polls carried out recently in many municipalities due to the administrative reform largely turned out a fiasco, since only a tiny minority took part. Minister of State Administration Mihhail Korb thinks that such polls could have been as well cancelled.
29.12.2016, Nils Niitra
Michael Moore: Donald Trumpi poolt hääletamine on legaalne terrorism (1)
Ameeriklasest filmirežissööri Michael Moore`i arvates on vabariiklaste presidendikandidaat Donald Trump Ameerika Ühendriikidele ohuks ja selle tõttu ei tohiks tema poolt hääletada.
07.11.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Veronica Anghel: take corrupt Romanian politicians, keep the corrupt Romanian parties
Romanian politicians tend to go down with a bang. Or, more accurately, with the slam of a prison door, preferably on camera. The ethical standards to which politicians are romantically upheld are in total contrast to the displays of corruption and dishonesty to which we are daily witnesses. Add to this their hope for more likely electoral victories through false promises and indifferent speeches and it’s like asking for a shovel when you are already on the bottom of the pit… The greatest damage being done is not to themselves, but to the faith of citizens in the political party – the backbone of democratic governance. In order to restore it, both voters and politicians need to lower their expectations from this relationship.
12.10.2016, Veronica AnghelPM
Editorial: Estonia, established in European Hall of Fame
For any state or union, well functioning regulations are an unquestionable foundation for success. That in 2015 Estonia stood out by lowness of infringement proceedings regarding adoption of EU directives, says a lot while mainly underlining how well we understand the importance of being in the bloc.
Editorial: keep it cool, Brexit or not
In the increasing confusion following the Brexit referendum, the dust of the explosion will take it's time settling. Thus far, not really clear if the UK is indeed exiting though the narrow result would indeed dictate that.
Editorial: growing up or throwing up?
So they are trying to warm up that old sandwich of people in the parliament allowed to sit at local councils... Possibly biting off more than we are willing to chew.
Two chair bill will produce retarded policy
Tomorrow is second Riigikogu reading for draft act allowing parliament members to also sit on local councils. Former Chancellor of Justice Allar Jõks fought it back then and is fighting it now, claiming the descent of Riigikogu people upon councils is a sign of shortage of party cadres and will hinder development.
09.05.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: a new commentarium for free and civil discussion
Starting today, anonymous comments are no longer an option in Postimees. As before, all are welcome to keep on commenting but from now on as registered and identified users.
Editorial: Paris changed everything? It did not. The values must remain
Reaction in Europe to the Friday night terror attacks in Paris were substantially different from before. The acts owned by Islamic State were coordinated and inhumanly cruel. Even so, some of the reactions have led to conclusions potentially hazardous to basic European values. Should these reactions be allowed to dominate, not only will the terrorist groupings will be sent a signal that have they managed to shake Europe, but our own principles may be endangered.
Editorial: dear Riigikogu
The sunny start of Riigikogu, spiced up by President inside and Tractors at the door, got clouded and rainy yesterday. As if to illustrate what the media was up to. Again. Picking apart the costs and compensations.
Editorial: toying with trust
The world is taking tiger leaps towards less privacy. Personal data and the databases compiled thereof are valuable capital when possessing the technology to process it in huge amounts and in various ways, converting the results into new services and money.
Editorial: tax bill to spice up vacation
Tax inspection talk is sensitive, any time. By recent no-confidence vote, the new government has added a dimension or two. Add to this the midsummer tax board announcement of boosted intrusion bill.
Editorial: the shifting squirrels situation
Yesterday, Reform faced its general assembly in a peculiar condition. As the coalition got cobbled together, popularity nosedived – in April, mere 19 percent remained. For chairman, only one candidate had been set up: the Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas who has admitted to mistakes made at power talks and public communication thereof. Meanwhile, not running for chief herself, MEP Kaja Kallas actively worked at having folks in next board who could in the future be counted on.
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.
E-state engine says don’t rest on laurels
Founder and council member of e-Governance academy Ivar Tallo (50) was in Myanmar just before recent Riigikogu elections, telling their political leaders about e-Estonia. «I thought why just talk the talk, let me show them how it’s done,» the man recalls.
09.03.2015, Priit PulleritsPM
Editorial: the Estonia we all share
Yesterday, our country had its birthday. Probably, every home has developed a way to celebrate. Some bake a cake, some uncork champagne. Some watch the concert, some like to see the presidential shakings of hands – drawn to the glamour.
Editorial: balm promised for Greek torments
Who could count the tragic ends of heroes in Greek mythology... This past weekend, fate came cruelly down Antonis Samaras and his centre-right New Democracy, after three years of navigating the treacherous waters of financial woes.
Editorial: booze populism
In Estonia, alcoholism is a serious problem. Takes no statistician or social scientist to prove that, any citizen may tell it all. Makes no difference if we are looking at alcohol related deaths, the traffic or just the street view. We are troubled by alcohol (over)users young and old. In all kinds of health and social costs, alcohol weighs heavy on us and causes grief as people close to us – family, neighbours, colleagues – gets drowned in its many sorrows. Also, alcohol plays a major role in crime and breaching of public order.
Editorial: taking the state by the horns
Yesterday, Estonian Cooperation Assembly revealed its ideas on reforming the state. A weighty event. Why?
Estonian Cooperation Assembly: remove the ticks
Yesterday, the foundation Estonian Cooperation Assembly (ECA, Eesti Koostöö Kogu) presented its plan for the keeping of the state, proposing a string of reforms regarding local government, public administration, government and Riigikogu, as well as debating democracy and participation.
04.12.2014, Karin KangroPM
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.
Cohabitation Act fills Toompea with cons and pros
Yesterday, Foundation for Protecting Family and Tradition (SA Perekonna ja Traditsiooni Kaitseks, SAPTK) held a demonstration in Tallinn aimed against planned Cohabitation Act. In addition to hundreds who were against, supporters of the law showed up as well.
Small parties go it alone
While big parties are failing to join hands for the retaking of Tallinn from Edgar Savisaar, their tiny cousins cannot seem to forge a common front to fight the «parliamentary fixtures».
26.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Siobhan Kattago: Obama shared more in common with Ronald Reagan than I ever could have imagined
In the days leading up to President Obama’s state visit to Estonia on September 3rd, the eve before the NATO summit meeting in Wales, details of his schedule, travel plans and meetings were meticulously scrutinized. As streets closed and helicopters circled, the contrast between the heavy security surrounding the Commander in Chief and his message of freedom couldn’t have been starker. Obama’s visit dramatically underscored the complex relationship between freedom and security in a post-9/11 world.
04.09.2014, Siobhan KattagoPM
Editorial: Estonia, my very own!
«At long last I may breathe easy. I made it. My life is in me still. I’ve got my Estonia, my very own and free!» Just some lines from a documentary novel, written as a diary by Heino Kiik and published in 2007, called «The Joys of Breaking Free» (Vabanemise rõõmud). Penned in August 20th 1991 – 23 years ago.
Editorial: street pluralism
At first glance, the increase of demonstrations in Estonia might be seen as sign of civil displeasure. In reality, this needs to be taken as development in democracy and civil society. Lately, our streets have seen slogans not against state and local government alone, but a private bank has also been targeted (protests against Swedbank, in Haapsalu). At University of Tartu, defence of classical faculties has taken on a virtual storm form. The Estonian is getting increasingly active.
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
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: time for Estonia to cash its NATO checks
Arrival of US 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team – 150 soldiers – into Estonia, to be rotated till the end of year at least, is a strong sign for sure. Up to now, the defence alliance has avoided permanent Western presence, unwilling to provoke Kremlin.
German study lists Estonia’s strengths and weaknesses
Estonia is the most sustainably governed post-Soviet country and ahead of several long-term democracies, shows a fresh study by Bertelsmann Foundation.
08.04.2014, Oliver KundPM
Olli Rehn: in crisis, we also protected the weakest of society
EU economy and finance chief, the Finn Olli Rehn (51), relates how the outgoing European Commission succeeded, against all odds, to avoid insolvency of European states, which – among other things – would have been devastating to those on social welfare and people on public payrolls.
24.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Ilves: freedom must be built, it will not be just presented to us
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who yesterday gave a public lecture to the students of the University of Warsaw, invited the students to become the new Europe, one that is open and innovative and will not attempt to find excuses for doing nothing.
Teacher in Narva quits under political pressure
Pavel Kuznetsov, Teacher of the Year 2012 at Narva Soldino Gymnasium, was forced to quit his job when the school’s Centre-Party-headmaster found out he was running, in soc dems list, at local elections. «The kids do not know, actually, that I left for political reasons,» admits the 32 years old science teacher.
26.09.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: rights ravished
Sole power breeding forced partyzation and undermining democracy
Estonia ranks high in Freedom House's democratic development report
The New York based human rights organization Freedom House ranked Estonia second after Slovenia in its annual report on democratic development.