European Parliament okays Parts's appointment to Court of Auditors
The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to endorse the appointment Juhan Parts as a member of the European Court of Auditors.
On road to Syria, fear nearly turned Toom back
When about to enter into Syria from Lebanon this past weekend, MEP Yana Toom (Centre Party, ALDE) said she was actually about to turn around for the sake of security. EU imposed sanctions on Syria in 2011, extended this May till July 2017.
13.07.2016, Georgi BeltadzePM
Yana Toom poses with Grand Mufti who threatened to blow up Europe
In Damascus, Member of European Parliament Yana Toom with colleagues met with the Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun who has threatened to blow up Europe.
13.07.2016, Georgi BeltadzePM
Editorial: MEPs meet a Hitler in Syria to shake hands
According to former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, shaking hands with the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is like shaking hands with Adolf Hitler.
Assad hopes MEPs' visit will help end sanctions
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has voiced hope that the visit by some members of the European Parliament to Damascus will help bring change to the policies of the West visa-a-vis his government and to end the sanctions.
Toom's meeting with Assad should be welcomed, not censored - Center Party secy gen
Free Party chairman Andres Herkel's critical response to MEP Yana Toom's meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a populist overreaction and opening of discussion in that region should be welcomed, not condemned, says Oudekki Loone, secretary general of Estonia's Center Party of which Toom is a member.
Estonian MEP Yana Toom meets with Syrian president
A delegation of the European Parliament including Estonian MEP Yana Toom paid a visit to Syria at the weekend and met with President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia itself should grant asylum to refugees arriving there - Estonian MEP
Refugees seeking to enter Europe through Russia should be granted asylum by Russia in the first place, member of the European Parliament from Estonia Urmas Paet said in a speech at the international relations department of Columbia University.
Estonian president calls on Europe to deal with challenges together
In his speech before a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called on Europe to deal with difficulties together and not yield to attempts to break the European Union.
Having abandoned ship guards, employer still in business
Advanfort, employer of the ships guards jailed in India, is still in business and, surprisingly, even contacted Estonian foreign ministry last week promising to help the Seaman Guard Ohio crew now behind bars.
22.01.2016, Toomas RandloPM
Kallas «would have regretted not trying»
Beaten by Dutchman Hans van Baalen at election for chairman of ALDE, the union of European liberals, Siim Kallas says sticking with current policy was preferred.
23.11.2015, Joosep VärkPM
Siim Kallas: free movement of people in Europe must not cease
Migration crisis should be managed in such a way that it would not stop free movement of people in Europe, said Siim Kallas during European Parliament plenary meeting in Strasbourg last week where he was seeking support among liberals in the body.
04.11.2015, Hanna-Hulda ReinkortPM
Eastern European background of Kallas seen as strength in Europe
As unveiled in October by former European Commission vice president Siim Kallas (67), he is running to lead the ALDE party uniting Europe's liberals and democrats. Currently campaigning for the post, he will need 488 votes at ALDE conference in Budapest, on November 21st. If picked, the man will lead some fifty parties over Europe.
04.11.2015, Hanna-Hulda ReinkortPM
European Parliament opts to abolish mobile roaming fees
European Parliament has decided to do away with mobile roaming charges in the European Union from June 15th 2017, and to cut them by four times as early as next spring.
28.10.2015, Aivar PauPM
Ilves bumps into old friend
Last Friday, some fifteen minutes before a concert to celebrate jubilee of Arvo Pärt was to start, a lovely lady in black emerged from presidential vehicle to be followed by Toomas Hendrik Ilves in person. Escorted by security and keeping a bit apart, the two walked towards the venue.
European Parliament calls on Russia to free Estonian security official
European Parliament calls on Russia to free the abducted Estonian security police official, Eston Kohver.
Editorial: remembering the victims of communism and Nazism
While seemingly so during the brighter moments in human history, we are not on a path towards ever increasing civilization, away from atrocities, crimes and trampling on people's rights. Alas, the year at hand is no guarantee of avoiding the ugliness we eagerly label as «not for 21st century» even when happening before our very eyes.
Finnish MEP Paavo Vayrynen buys hotel in Estonia's Parnu
Paavo Vayrynen, member of the European Parliament from Finland, has bought a small hotel in the southwestern Estonian sea resort Parnu, STT news agency reported.
Europarliament resolution demands release of Estonian security official
In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament said the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov calls for an independent international investigation and condemned the abduction of Estonian police officer Eston Kohver from Estonian territory to Russia, calling for his immediate release.
Half year since snatching of Eston Kohver – what has been done?
Today marks six months since Russian FSB kidnapped Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver from Estonia’s territory while on duty. Foreign ministry reports on what has been done to set Mr Kohver free and guarantee his wellbeing.
05.03.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Toom fetches EU funds to probe woes in North-East Estonia
Yana Toom (Centre Party), elected into European Parliament with over 25,000 votes, has asked for close to €30,000 from European liberal faction in order to host a conference in her electoral district Narva three weeks before Estonian general elections, focussed on the situation and security of the Russian-speaking minority.
26.01.2015, Tuuli KochPM
MEP Paet: World cannot look on as situation in Ukraine escalates
Commenting on the attack on the Ukrainian port town Mariupol, member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet said the European Union and the rest of the democratic world cannot look on as the situation in Ukraine is escalating.
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
European Parliament makes decision favorable of producing diesel from oil shale
The European Parliament on Wednesday did not support a resolution relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels, meaning that the situation remains favorable for producing motor fuel from oil shale in Estonia.
Italian journalist Chiesa ordered to leave Estonia
The Italian journalist and politician Giulietto Chiesa who was detained in Tallinn on Monday over violating the Estonian entry ban has been released and ordered to leave the country.
Estonian MEPs ask Mogherini's help to bring ship guards home from India
Estonian members of the European Parliament have put an inquiry concerning the Estonian and British anti-piracy personnel embroiled in legal battles in India to the European Union's foreign policy chief.
MEP Indrek Tarand invites 13 Tallinn homeless to European Parliament
Thirteen homeless from Tallinn are to spend two days in Brussels next week at the invitation of Estonian MEP Indrek Tarand to get acquainted with the work of the European Parliament.
In U-turn, foreign minister Paet quits to become MEP
Having publicly declined to take a seat at European Parliament just a week ago, Reform Party vice chairman Urmas Paet has still decided to exit post of Estonian foreign minister and leave for Brussels.
03.11.2014, Karin KangroPM
Ansip hopes Paet fills MEP seat left empty
A European Commission vice president starting next week, Andrus Ansip recommends Urmas Paet as MEP in his place. The one mandated strongest by the people ought to take the seat, Mr Ansip tells Evelyn Kaldoja of Postimees as interviewed in Strasbourg.
24.10.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Juncker granted a gemütlich welcome
Jesting about turning dictator or female, the Luxembourgian conservative pocketed 423 yes and 209 no votes at European Parliament – a mandate to kick his commission into gear starting November 1st.
23.10.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Former Russian minister blocked from entering Estonia
This Sunday at Tallinn Airport, border guards blocked entry into Estonia by former Russian minister for nationalities, academician Valery Tishkov – a man under prohibition to enter by Ministry of the Interior. Mr Tishkov (72) was scheduled to speak yesterday at an event organised by media club Impressum on «National relations and conflicts in mirror of politics».
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
Ansip assisted by hundreds
Last night, MEPs interrogated Andrus Ansip – candidate for single digital market vice Ansip assisted by hundreds.
07.10.2014, Marti AavikPM
Editorial: when foreign policy turns domestic
Russia’s neighbours are getting the feeling of living at the foot of a volcano. Firstly, one is forced to learn all about volcanoes. Also, preparedness is needed for earthquakes shaking the occasional fence.
Mega moves mulled
Come Riigikogu elections next spring, Jüri Ratas is likely to run in Reform Party shirt.
27.08.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Ansip – the MEP most outspoken
Among fresh Estonian MEPs, Andrus Ansip has been the most active at the two plenary meetings so far held in Strasbourg. Behind the name of Yana Toom, European Parliament website cites a curt «No activity». Underneath, Postimees publishes excerpts from what the deputies have said so far.
22.07.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
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
Editorial: plagiarism is deeply bad
Today’s Postimees tells the story of a case of a Doctoral thesis victoriously defended at Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) yet stirring severe suspicions of academic theft. No investigation followed, however, as the author simply withdrew her work. Makes one wonder: how serious are universities of Estonia towards plagiarism?
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.
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
The same cool* EU coterie?
Pursuant to poll ordered by Postimees, European Parliament elections spell success to Indrek Tarand and Centre Party.
21.05.2014, Tuuli KochPM
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.
Sven Mikser says coalition will live long
Social Democratic Party chairman and defence minister Sven Mikser (40) hopes soc dems and Reform Party will again form government in 2015. One led by him.
04.04.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Mammoths make for Elections of the Ages
With both Andrus Ansip and Edgar Savisaar stepping into the ring at EU elections, pan-Estonian popularity of the two is set for a historic first showdown.
02.04.2014, Tuuli KochPM
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
Soloist Siim sends squirrels towards dead end
Reform Party honours pragmatism (power puts coat on back and bread on table!) and therefore values loyalty. In the almost-20-year-history of the squirrels-party, there’s been just one moment when the inner life showed out a bit – in the spring of 2012, with the financing scandal exploding through Silver Meikar. A backroom-man of the party, the then justice minister Kristen Michal, after resisting for half a year lost his portfolio and shrunk to mere Riigikogu backbencher.
14.03.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
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
Measure of MEP effectiveness – rapporteurship
In Estonia, a parliamentarian is usually assessed by the amount of sessions he’s sat at. Taking the same measuring rod to our MEPs, they’re among the top diligent of the bunch.
07.02.2014, Argo IdeonPM
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
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
Europarlt committee backs increase in direct farming support to Estonia
The European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee has voted in favor of a 500 million euro increase in direct support to Estonia during the next budget period of the European Union, which marks a more than 40 percent rise compared to the financial framework 2007-2013.