Next president could be decided by electoral body
A coalition working group on changes to the presidential election process is weighing a constitutional amendment that would abolish the current Riigikogu voting rounds and give the task of electing the president straight to the electoral body.
21.02.2017, Karin KangroPM
Savisaar hoped for money from Kremlin two years ago
All leading figures of the Center Party today have spent the last six years trying to distance themselves from the party's onerous cooperation protocol with United Russia, claimed to be ceremonial from the first.
07.12.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Orphaned Victory: Trump Heads to the White House
As the saying goes, victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. In the case of Donald J. Trump’s election Tuesday as the 45th president of the United States, however, this may be simply be one (among many) aspects of conventional wisdom shattered in the past hours.
16.11.2016, Emmet TuohyPM
How parties came to Kaljulaid?
The chimneys of Toompea Hill came close to spewing out white smoke yesterday evening as the Riigikogu Council of Elders made a proposal to run for president to European Court of Auditors member Kersti Kaljulaid.
28.09.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Everyone in town was invited...
At half past six on Saturday evening, after the Estonia Concert Hall had been emptied of candidates, electors, guests and cleaning teams were taking over the premises, leading IRL politicians Margus Tsahkna and Marko Mihkelson were having a conversation in front of the building. They were soon joined by Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform Party). The men's faces were serious. Among the last to leave the building were leading Center Party women Mailis Reps and Kadri Simson who promptly joined their male colleagues. Chairman of the Conservative People's Party (EKRE) Mart Helme was the last to join in.
26.09.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Estonian Natl Electoral Committee registers presidential candidates for electoral college
Estonia's National Electoral Committee at Friday's meeting registered Mart Helme, Allar Joks and Marina Kaljurand as presidential candidates for the first election round in the electoral college, and the names of Siim Kallas and Mailis Reps who received the most votes in the third round of voting in the parliament will also be added on ballots.
Poll: Kaljurand has narrow lead over Kallas in Estonia's electoral college
A fresh survey of electors carried out by Estonia's public broadcaster ERR shows that in the electoral college of the presidential election Marina Kaljurand has a narrow lead over Siim Kallas.
Social Democrats to support Kaljurand in electoral college
The Social Democratic Party (SDE) on Monday evening decided not to submit the candidacy of Eiki Nestor in the electoral college round of the presidential election, and although the board did not make a binding decision, the party is to support the candidacy of Marina Kaljurand.
Reps says is glad that electoral college will elect president
Mailis Reps, presidential candidate of the opposition Center Party, expressed her pleasure after the failure of the parliament to elect the president of Estonia for the next five years on Tuesday over the task of electing the head of state now passing to the electoral college.
20 observers arrive from Russia for presidential election
At the initiative of the nonprofit Center for European Initiatives (CEI) and Russia's largest election monitor Golos, 20 monitors have arrived from Russia to observe the parliamentary ballot round of Estonia's presidential election.
Editorial: horse trading, cowboy style
Looks like a wild ride electing Estonia's President this time. No telling who gets tossed off the last second of rodeo...
Who do the parties prefer?
Who do the political parties prefer as candidate for President?
16.08.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Administrative reform fate slipping into Supreme Court hands
According to thorough legal analysis completed last week the administrative reform violates constitutional rights of local governments in several issues. If Supreme Court sides with the local governments who ordered the analysis, part of the law is likely to be annulled and the reform will not be fully carried out.
15.08.2016, Oliver KundPM
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
Editorial: presidential kettle near boiling point
Day by day, Estonia draws nearer to electing its new President. Sounds like the soup is getting ready to boil.
Candidate Kallas sent by party to fry on parliamentary pan
Starting today, Riigikogu members may be reporting back from their dachas, Reform Party having picked Siim Kallas from their three options to run at Presidential elections round one.
03.08.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: the second coming of Trump
With the Republican convention now behind us, what was the main message? Thru the speeches, basically the old GOP theme of their foreign and defence policy allegedly better than that of the Democrats.
Siim Kallas rising as strongest presidential runner in round one
Reform founder and its honorary chairman Siim Kallas expecting to be nominated as presidential candidate has the party faced with forced option he'd run in round two.
21.07.2016, Tuuli KochPM
An increasingly popular Allar Jõks started running too late
Boosted by persistent popular support, foreign minister Marina Kaljurand has reached the peak: despite the intriguing presidential candidates added, she is currently the most beloved among men and women, Estonians and Russians, the experienced and the young.
20.06.2016, Tuuli KochPM
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
Editorial: the not-too-maverick «grand jury»
In mid 19th century, the reformist Russian Czar Alexsander II tried to impose upon the nation and Anglo-American type of grand jury. Back then, this was considered an ideal organisation of court in many countries.
Helme elected? Pure bluff!
While parties are counting the chances at electoral body, chairmen of local councils could not care less: not swayed by party background, members of electoral body are seeking for someone worthy to be President.
07.06.2016, Rannar RabaPM
Editorial: presidential elections headed towards round two
The two news yesterday have significantly altered the picture regarding upcoming presidential elections.
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
New President smells like Reform or Centre
At presidential elections, EKRE has no advantage in potential post-Riigikogu run and instead of Reform, Centre's «Western wing» plays main role in sifting out the President, suggests a leading Reform cadre Kristen Michal.
02.05.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: the golden Reform apple
This present presidential elections year in Estonia has gotten off to a rather slothful start. With three months to go till head of state ought to be elected in Riigikogu, just one name has publicly been put forth. His own, by Reform Party founder and former prime minister Siim Kallas.
Ansip: Reform Party cannot take all key positions
Let's forget the in-party howling, let's listen to all other parties and try to find the President right in the Riigikogu, dreams former prime minister and long-term Reform head, now vice president at European Commission Andrus Ansip.
21.04.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Self-appointed claimant (to the throne) kicks into gear
For this past Saturday, Siim Kallas (67) aspiring for presidential candidacy had invited his generation of the 1990ies Reformists, then top businessmen plus political competitors of said era.
18.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Martin Helme axe laid to Marina Kaljurand roots
At a public meeting this Tuesday in Viljandi, Riigikogu member and a leader in EKRE Martin Helme pointed to an additional problem with Marina Kaljurand as potential presidential candidate: not limited to being backed by Reform Party, she is by nationality a Russian.
15.04.2016, Rannar RabaPM
Editorial: the late presidential race start gun (1)
These past months, Estonian media has been prolific about US presidential elections while almost forgetting we will elect our own this very year as the second term of Toomas Hendrik Ilves expires on October 11th.
Editorial: the next pudding to be proven in the eating
The Riigikogu hath decided: at next local elections in fall of 2017, the youth aged 16 and 17 may cast their votes as well. Up to now, the level was 18 and up. A remarkable change which may make the society stronger by the added votes while overall political environment and culture are key factors.
IRL contrives «patriotic» comeback
«I understand why people are mad at us. They expect us to have great goals,» said Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) chairman Margus Tsahkna to comment the currently plummeting ratings.
15.01.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: what kind of a President do we want?
For Estonia, presidential elections is obviously a marker in next year's political calendar. Even so, the only thing we know for certain is it will not be Toomas Hendrik Ilves wishing us a happy new year next year – constitutionally, third term is out.
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
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
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
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: 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.
Small parties struggle with reporting
On top of the six political parties represented in Riigikogu, Estonia has five more that the public rarely hears of and which are having constant difficulty with reporting and accountability.
24.08.2015, Karin KangroPM
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
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.
Tallinn cadres commanded to cough up election ads money
Yesterday, Tallinn Administrative Court ruled to ignore complaint by Northern Tallinn city district elder Karin Tammemägi and her deputy Priit Kutser (both Centre) demanding the cancelling of injunction by committee for monitoring party financing (ERJK). Thus, Ms Tammemägi and Mr Kutser must put advertisement money back to city coffers.
18.06.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Aaviksoo escapes rector veto by Tallinn Tech council
Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) council opted not to veto Jaak Aaviksoo rising to be rector. Before June is over, TUT board of governors convenes to nominate the academician.
17.06.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: Tallinn Tech governors! Stop the travesty
Election of Rector for Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) has evolved into a bad case of a PR-travesty. Should board of governors (BofG) chairman Sandor Liive not decisively change his current trend, the farce – humiliating towards those involved and damaging to TUT reputation – could carry on for weeks.
IRL conjures patriotic spirit
While starring as fresh chairman of Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) in Tallinn general assembly, Margus Tsahkna was forcing «Statesmen» the folk group do without him at two initial shows of Estonian Mendance Festival Three happening in Rakvere.
08.06.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Estonian Election Committee registers outcome of March 1 polls
The National Election Committee on Monday registered the lineup of the 13th Estonian Riigikogu and the list of alternate MPs, thus making the result of the March 1 general elections official.
Committee to announce election result Monday
The National Election Committee will on Monday register members of the new Estonian parliament and officially announce the result of the March 1 parliamentary election.
Estonian Supreme Court receives 16 complaints re parlt elections
A total of 16 complaints were submitted to the Estonian Supreme Court after the March 1 general elections.
Editorial: a tight finish on political «ski stadium»
Excitement abounds till the very last hundredth of a second – a sports commentator might shout about the Ladõnskaja vs Sester race for Riigikogu. One is reminded of the Finnish national tragedy back in 1980 – at Winter Olympics, their Juha Mieto lost gold medal to Swede Thomas Wassberg by 0.01 seconds in 15 km cross country skiing.
Politicians in no rush to condemn electoral committee
Though Tallinn electoral committee discovered as much as seven errors when rereading votes of Viktoria Ladõnskaja and Sven Sester and the district’s invalid ballot papers yesterday, experts rather think this to be triviality – no need to question election results as such.
12.03.2015, Oliver KundPM
Recount gives parlt seat to Ladonskaja
Viktoria Ladonskaja, candidate from Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), has won the last of IRL's 14 seats in the Riigikogu according a vote recount conducted on Wednesday.
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
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
Free Party balks at playing puppet
The morning after: elections elation behind them, parties came crushing down to earth. Reform won, but who’ll go with them? Soc dems and IRL were seeking for a hole to hide in. For Free Party and EKRE, the moment of truth dawned. For starters, Centre will watch from the sidelines.
04.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: the people have spoken …
This very day, the parties freshly in parliament will be searching for common ground and combining towards next coalition. The people have spoken, but the content of what was said will be intensely debated by politicians.
Reform wins Estonia's parlt elections, six parties secure seats
The Reform Party of Prime Minister Taavi Roivas won Sunday's parliamentary elections in Estonia by securing 30 seats in the 101-seat Riigikogu, according to the preliminary result as votes from all 547 polling stations had been counted.
Agriculture minister throws money to educational institution
Soc dem agriculture minister Ivari Padar this Wednesday signed directive granting Võrumaa Local Governments Union €75,000 – exceptionally. Mr Padar runs for parliament in selfsame district.
27.02.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: electorate undergoes general mobilisation
Fresh February poll by TNS Emor reveals Centre and Reform Parties in tight race for victory with soc dems not too far behind.
Toompea set to seat six parties
In run-up to elections, newcomers Free Party and EKRE are stronger yet since January so it’s highly likely the 101 Toompea chairs will hold people from six parties.
20.02.2015, Tuuli KochPM
President Ilves: winner of elections can form government
In interview to Postimees, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (61) said it’s better for Estonia, in the world today, for the next head of state elected in 2016 to be fluent in foreign and security policy. Also, he hopes the tradition will be to get presidents elected in Riigikogu.
18.02.2015, Argo IdeonPM
Civil servants put price tags to election promises
This is the third time in run-up to Riigikogu elections that officials at finance ministry grab calculators to see how much election promises by political parties would cost the Estonian state.
17.02.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
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.
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
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
Parties promise to voters last year’s snow
This time around, how hard to find an investment promised in election programmes regarding next parliament mandate. The financing of lots of projects – ones they generously vow to support – has already been decided or stated in development programmes. The parties up to now outside of Riigikogu like Free Party and Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) will not promise even that.
30.01.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
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
Public funds have been used to advertise politicians and parties under the label of information activities
After analysing the information expenses of local authorities, the National Audit Office found that the City of Tallinn had used funds from its budget to finance information, which against the background of the 2013 local elections could be regarded as election advertising of politicians or political parties.
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
Journalists on entering politics
Kalle Muuli (56)
Õpetajate Leht, editor-in-chief
On November 27th announced running in IRL list as non-party candidate
IRL list No 3 in Tartu
29.12.2014, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: Moldova maintains trend towards Europe
At 90 percent of votes counted since Sunday election in Moldova, pro-European parties were predicted a tally of 56-58 seats at parliament and the Russia-minded to settle at 43-44. With 101 seats all in all, just like in Estonia, the next Moldovan government will probably lean towards the EU and the West, to continue on current path of integration.
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.
A misplaced man
Over the phone, Aare Heinvee (Reform Party) comes across as a man a bit miserable after finding himself in a wrong place.
01.12.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Nearly 980 000 Estonian citizens have right to vote in 2015 parlt elections
According to the population register as on Nov. 1 there were 979,910 citizens with a right to vote in Estonia's 2015 parliamentary elections which is about 15,000 people more than the number of people that had voting rights during the 2011 parliamentary elections.
No obvious option for Lutheran archbishop
Tomorrow and the day after, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is picking itself a new archbishop to replace Andres Põder (65), at helm for a decade and released from duty last Saturday.
24.11.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
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
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.
Soc dems pondered Ossinovski for prime minister
A month ago, soc dem inboxes had a proposal drop by: why not replace the current party chief Sven Mikser by Jevgeni Ossinovski as prime ministerial candidate.
18.11.2014, Tuuli KochPM
IRL's Kross, Alender defect to Reform Party
High profile politicians of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) Eerik-Niiles Kross and Yoko Alender are leaving IRL to join the Reform Party.
Editorial: victory for Ukraine
The Sunday elections in Ukraine were a success. While final results are still pending – in a large country and a complicated situation, the votes take days to count – it’s obvious by now the elections by and large were free, democratic and outright excellent as an example of pluralism.
Editorial: the manifold lessons of an insult scandal
By finance minister Jürgen Ligi stepping down due to a social media message, a new layer was added to Estonian political culture. The effect of the layer on long term values, time will tell. The decision shows statesmanship and was justified, while also driven by domestic-political situation as weighing on Mr Ligi personally, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and Reform Party.
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
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
Keyword: common digital market
No argument whatsoever against directing public services into Internet, said Andrus Ansip – candidate for European Commission vice president over common digital market, in opening statement to grilling before MEPs last night in Brussels. Mr Ansip vowed to do all in his power to link public services all across Europe.
07.10.2014, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Editorial: 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
Editorial: why fear the votes of our very own kids?
A month ago, to the day, 41 Riigikogu members launched a bill to alter the constitution. Yesterday, the government said yes. Aim of the amendment is for 16 and 17 year olds to obtain voting rights – as things stand, 18 is the threshold.
Ojuland hoping for political comeback on wings of new party
Ousted from Reform Party for buying up votes and failing to get MEP status as backed by mere 3,024 voters, Kristiina Ojuland is pressing for Riigikogu at elections happening on March 1st 2015.
14.07.2014, Priit PulleritsPM
Aivar Voog: success secured by ads and deep pockets
MEP seat the result of timely advertisement and fatness of party purse, says TNS Emor research expert Aivar Voog
18.06.2014, Aivar VoogPM
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.
Editorial: «people’s republics» reveal real nature
Yet another apprehension of OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) special mission observers in Eastern Ukraine serves to vividly demonstrate the ills of the wilful destabilisation of the country by self-styled «people’s republics».
Tõnis Saarts: a one-guy-party and the Russian card flop
Election result reflects demand for a fresh political force – at the moment, Indrek Tarand pockets these votes, says Tallinn University political scientist Tõnis Saarts.
27.05.2014, Tõnis SaartsPM
Ahto Lobjakas: gathered and scattered
As predicted by columnist Ahto Lobjakas, we will see a grand coalition in European Parliament. Temporarily, though.
27.05.2014, Ahto LobjakasPM
Editorial: celebrating democracy
For the time being, weeks filled with tension and debates are behind us. The judgment passed by voters has been delivered to politicians. Like it or not, the result is likely to be quite an honest picture of political picture in Estonia.
Ilves wishes new Ukrainian head of state success in reuniting country
«My sincere congratulations on behalf of everyone in Estonia on your overwhelming victory in the Ukrainian presidential elections,» wrote Estonian head of state Toomas Hendrik Ilves to Petro Poroshenko, the newly elected president of Ukraine.
Ilves congratulates Lithuanian counterpart on presidential election win
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves forwarded his congratulations to Dalia Grybauskaitė yesterday upon her re-election as president of Lithuania.
Editorial: Europe, Estonia cast votes
«No recipe to ensure that at next EU elections, five years from now, Europeans would vote with more insight, activity and «euroness»,» said Postimees’ editorial on June 15th 2004. A few hours ago, together with other newcomers, Estonia had done its first ever electing for European Parliament. 27 percent of voters had participated. Among those who run, our current President Toomas Hendrik Ilves triumphed.
Reform wins EU elections, gets two MEP seats
According to National Electoral Committee, Reform Party won Sunday elections, the result granting them two seats in European Parliament.
26.05.2014, Karin KangroPM
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.
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: 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.
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: 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.
Electoral committee: online voting is safe
We believe that online balloting allows us to achieve a level of security greater than what is possible with paper ballots, Estonian National Electoral Committee said in statement.
Editorial: be bold, talk to the politician!
No easy job, for a MEP-to-be on the road in Estonia. So let’s start by acknowledging those to at least try to meet the voters. The larger part seems content with one word slogans – Brussels (for voters) is far away, Riigikogu elections (for politicians) are at the door and resources (money, ideas and people) are used very sparingly.
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.
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
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
Stars the favourites at EU elections
At European elections, the tiny electoral districts are replaced by a single big one – Estonia, in its entirety. This shines limelight on the star-politicians, the countrywide vote-grabbers.
14.02.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Want to win? Hunger for power
Kaja Kallas (Reform Party) is running for European Parliament and says she wants to stand for an entrepreneurial Europe.
10.02.2014, Mikk SaluPM
Marju Lauristin mulls running for Brussels
Should Siim Kallas, Edgar Savisaar, Tunne Kelam and – as expected among soc dems – Marju Lauristin all shoot for European Parliament, we may be in for a political battle of the ages.
14.01.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Paul Alekand: please forgive me
Tallinn Industrial Education Centre headmaster Paul Alekand says it is difficult for him to explain the serial pre-election campaign at the school under his management; even so, he asks everybody to forgive him and is backing out of politics.
14.11.2013, Oliver KundPM
For years, state vocational school a votes factory for headmaster
This fall, director of Tallinn Industrial Education Centre – as at numerous local elections before, in a row – again applied election propaganda to students at his school, making use of authority over teachers. Education ministry thinks that, even with the man’s violations known for years, a reprimand will do.
14.11.2013, Oliver KundPM
Kross HQ brainstormed painstakingly over campaign ethics
It’s Thursday eve, September 12th. Tallinn municipal TV is airing its routine Hour of Mayor. The presenters are backdropped against Solaris Centre 5th storey window, offering a breathtaking view on Theatre Square slowly wrapped in dusk.
25.10.2013, Argo IdeonPM
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: the people have spoken
The elections are over, final results known and initial bursts of joy or indignation heard. Even so, the people decide – including the almost half who failed to vote. With the result, we will now have to live for four years.
Seven held for vote buy-up
Last week, seven persons were detained by Central Criminal Police for alleged vote-buying at local elections, most of them operating in Ida-Viru County.
22.10.2013, Oliver KundPM
Shock surprises, sudden triumphs and defeats
Centre Party repeats 2009 result. IRL improves positions. Reform Party loses votes all across the land. Soc dems, suffering a few devastating defeats, also snatch some sweet deals.
22.10.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Centrists tower to sole Tallinn power, again
In Tallinn, sole power was again grabbed by Centre Party with 115,074 votes and 46 seats at council. Convincingly ahead after e-elections, IRL was finally beaten by over 73,000 votes.
Editorial: local elections, centred on capital
Again, for now, we’ve made our choice. Some e-voting via computer, others traditionally at ballot boxes. While four years ago we had reason to rejoice over record-breaking voting activity, this time it was somewhat more subdued. In 2009, 60.57 per cent on those entered into lists cast their vote – the best since 1993. This time, we settled for 57.68 per cent. In Tallinn, over the four years, voting activity declined from 65.74 to 63.19 per cent.
Fight on for very last voter
According to Emor poll ordered by National Broadcasting (ERR), Centre Party is supported by 50 per cent, IRL by 20 per cent, soc dems by 15 per cent and Reform Party by 8 per cent of voters, on threshold of local elections. Even so, the Emor figures contain a twist tuning Centre Party lead down and offering opposition brighter options.
18.10.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Editorial: unbelievable antics for taxpayer money
For some reason, Tallinn’s Centre Party city government decided to do its ugliest and grossest yesterday – on World Mental Health Day. The monstrosity hoisted for a couple of minutes, by crane, to open Ülemiste crossing, plus the rest of the theatrics, cost Tallinn taxpayers many a teacher’s yearly wages worth of money.
Tallinn gone nuts: grandiose giants, «bare» breasts, free radios for (almost) all
Did you know why Savisaar will never be president of Gymnastics Federation? He cuts all ribbons. No problem for Mayor of Tallinn, however. Over these past weeks, the man has turned into a ribbon-cutting-machine, sprinting from ceremony to ceremony.
11.10.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Kross tackles Tallinn TV ads
The day before yesterday, Eerik-Niiles Kross – or, to be more precise, sworn advocate Indrek Leppik of Glimsted bureau, representing Mr Kross – filed a complaint to Tallinn Administrative Court, requesting info campaign by Tallinn city government i.e. TV ads Tallinn Helps (Tallinn aitab) to be declared unlawful and banned.
10.10.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Tallinn power at mercy of Russian speaking voter
Forceful campaign by IRL feared to mobilise Centre Party supporters in capital.
24.09.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Editorial: socially sensitive of fiscally optimistic?
Merrily sailing along sunny seas, phenomena like storms and reefs may easily be forgotten. Even so, an experienced sea wolf will occasionally glance over to the instruments. Hazards of the same sort also lurk beneath the surface of next year’s budget basically approved by government, yesterday. It’s elections eve. Politicians’ souls are bursting with longings to look kind and caring; meanwhile, clouds are forming in the macroeconomic skies.
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
Berlusconi run in Estonia faces hurdles
Basically, Estonian law allows the convicted Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi to run for European Parliament next year; for that, the man ought to have his permanent residence in Estonia, not be imprisoned, and be able to prove his right to run has not been revoked in homeland.
19.09.2013, Oliver KundPM
44 top politicians shooting for Tallinn City Council
In Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, nine government ministers and 35 members of the Parliament are running at local elections – people who, pursuant to law, may not enter the council without leaving their current posts.
12.09.2013, Karin KangroPM
Galojan, Kaldalu set up electoral alliance named Protest
Shortly before the acceptance of applications for registration of electoral alliances for Estonia's Oct. 20 local polls ended on Thursday an application was filed by an alliance named Protest, the representatives of which are Anna-Maria Galojan and Meelis Kaldalu.
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.
Soc dems find forgotten €42,000 ad bill
Following query by Riigikogu’s committee for monitoring party financing, Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) stuck a €42,000 advertisements costs invoice into 2011 declaration.
26.08.2013, Heidi OjamaaPM
Which district decides fate of Tallinn?
In Estonia’s capital, it could be the small parties that settle the issue – on them hang the current opposition’s opportunities to get into council.
23.08.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Estonian Center Party gets rid of polls-related debt
The office of the Estonian Center Party on Wednesday presented to the committee for supervision over party finance a supplementary report according to which it has paid off its entire election-related debt.
Savisaar alone running for Estonian Center Party top post
Edgar Savisaar, founder and long-standing chairman of the Center Party, is the only candidate for chairman of the party for the election to be held at the party's congress on Sept. 7.
Editorial: power party adds ad audacity
A week ago, Postimees editorial wondered, regarding upcoming elections: «No doubt, Centre party will treat us with fresh election tricks.» Lo and behold: at first outdoor advertising round, we are facing a cynical use of taxpayers’ money merrily used in Tallinn’s power party interests: outdoor ads of North Tallinn elder and her deputy are paid by pulling funds out of Tallinners’ pockets.
New elections system shuffles deck of cards
At the next European Parliament elections, votes will be counted in a manner different than before: open lists; only one pan-Estonian district; each party allowed up to 12 candidates.
05.07.2013, Mikk SaluPM
ERR to grant three minutes per candidate
In September, hundreds of people entering the battle for public popularity will get, maybe for the first time in their entire lives, a chance to enter the TV house and spend three vital minutes in front of cameras.
25.06.2013, Tuuli KochPM
Hannes Astok: the gloom of a cake gone bad
Liberal world view is no licence to counterfeit, cheat and steal – not the cake, nor the plate, nor votes, writes Reform Party member Hannes Astok.
12.06.2013, Hannes Astok, e-state expert (Reform Party)PM
People’s Assembly draws 1900 proposals in 25 days
As of this midnight, the window is closed for forwarding ideas and proposals into crowd-sourcing portal rahvakogu.ee, the most popular idea being the proposal to ban members of the parliament of Estonia from standing as candidates at local elections. By 12 am, 1944 proposals had been forwarded.