Talvik: enough with the welfare society! (1)
The power needs to be given back to the people, the political food chain disrupted in what is a society the circulation of which is calcified as a result of corruption, party chains of command, and growing red tape, says the newly elected chairman of the Free Party Artur Talvik.
24.04.2017, Tuuli KochPM
IRL's support falls below election threshold of 5 pct
The support of Estonia's Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), a member of the government coalition, in April fell below the election threshold of 5 percent, results of a survey commissioned by BNS and the daily Postimees and carried out by pollster Kantar Emor show.
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.
Citizens said no to blanket citizenship
Member of the Free Party faction of the Riigikogu, one of the authors of the Estonian Constitution Jüri Adams says that any attempt to change the foundations of Estonia's citizenship policy is an attempt to change the results of the 1992 referendum that would rip open old wounds.
26.01.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Free Party proposes ministerial suitability criteria
The Riigikogu faction of the Free Party introduced a bill yesterday that would prescribe clear suitability criteria for ministers and obligate the president to refuse to appoint ministers who do not meet said criteria and could therefore undermine the credibility of state authority.
16.12.2016, Piret LaksonPM
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.
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).
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
Tax hikes in the pipeline
The general outline of the new coalition's tax policy had more or less taken shape behind closed doors by yesterday evening. It is very probable promises for the coming years will be covered with the help of new consumption taxes, and social and income tax hikes.
17.11.2016, Oliver KundPM
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's rating climbs to 25 pct
The opposition Estonian Center Party saw its approval rating soar by five percentage points month over month to 25 percent in October, it appears from the outcome of a poll taken by Kantar Emor for BNS.
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.
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
Free Party chair asks for Center Party's opinion on Toom's meeting with Assad
The Center Party has to give an evaluation of its member MEP Yana Toom's meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who is accused of crimes against humanity, chairman of Estonia's Free Party Andres Herkel says.
Reform Party is Estonia's most popular party in June
Estonia's most popular party in June is the Reform Party which was supported by 27 percent of respondents, results of a survey commissioned by BNS and carried out by pollster TNS Emor show.
Ten members of parliament require removal of Tiit Ojasoo from office
Ten Riigikogu members from every faction wrote to culture minister Indrek Saar and council of NO99 theatre asking that head of the theatre Tiit Ojasoo be removed from office having kicked an actress.
15.06.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
IRL still abstaining from populism
The political party IRL has sunk underwater with no new oxygen available. They've still got some left in the lungs, but how long will that last?
17.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
EKRE speeds to snap at Soc Dem and Free heels
Compared with last year's end, Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) has gained in popularity and risen to nearly equal Soc Dems and the Free Party level.
08.02.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Oh to be embraced by Estonia ...
Six years ago a single mother from Moscow left Russia for good, in hopes to live happily in Estonia with her son. The young man is hardworking and talented, and a local through and through. And yet, despite all of their efforts, neither is officially Estonian yet.
18.01.2016, Priit PulleritsPM
Registered Partnership Act discussion postponed till today
At Riigikogu session yesterday, the last item on agenda was supposed to be Registered Partnership Act implementing provisions draft legislation, but as Conservative Party (EKRE) deputies already undertook to delay the session during the initial topics to be discussed, the working day ran out and discussions of the provisions will be tackled only today.
25.11.2015, Karin KangroPM
EKRE sole parliamentary party to grow support
The Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) was the only parliamentary party whose support grew in November, it appears from a survey taken by TNS Emor for BNS.
Support for Estonia's Center Party higher than for 2 coalition parties combined - survey
Estonia's opposition Center Party enjoyed higher support than two most popular ruling coalition parties between them in November, it appears from a survey Turu-uuringute AS pollsters conducted for the public broadcaster ERR.
Savisaar scandal has no significant impact on party's rating
The bribery scandal in which chairman of the Estonian Center Party and Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar is a suspect had no major impact on the rating of the Center Party, it appears from a fresh survey commissioned by the public broadcaster ERR.
33 months and €850,000 for parties at power
Two weeks ago, up popped this issue at parties' financing watchdog: what would be even a slightly rational reason for entrepreneur Hillar Teder, one under suspicion in Edgar Savisaar bribe scandal, to have so generously supported the three coalition parties these three years?
15.10.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Rally against Estonian govt's asylum policy draws a couple of hundred participants
An estimated couple of hundred people took part in a rally against the government's policy concerning the acceptance of asylum seekers in the Estonian capital Tallinn on Wednesday, organizers told BNS.
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
Parties: compulsion no option
Postimees asked heads of all parliamentary factions: if local governments do not wish to receive refugees and the state cannot force them to, should something be altered in the law to find homes for immigrants, or what would be the solution?
09.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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
Reform Party retakes 2nd place in popularity poll
With the opposition Center Party maintaining the top spot, the Reform Party again emerged as the second most popular political party in Estonia in a survey taken by TNS Emor earlier this month, pushing the Free Party to third place.
Man suspected in attacking lady on health track is former EKRE and Free member
According Postimees' data, the man suspected in attacking a young woman on Rahumäe health track is Lauri Õun (26) who has belonged both to Free Party and EKRE. In list of the latter, he ran for Riigikogu during the last elections.
11.08.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
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
Crimean holidays have consequences
While it is not implicitly forbidden to travel to Crimea annexed by Russia, problems must still be considered after returning from its beaches.
04.08.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
Free Party rises to 2nd in June party popularity rankings
According to the latest TNS Emor poll commissioned by BNS, the Free Party has become the second most popular party after Center in Estonia.