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
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
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.
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.
Three parties invite Allar Jõks for a cup of coffee
Yesterday, representatives of Centre, the Free and IRL met presidential candidate Allar Jõks in Hotel Palace, Tallinn. The meeting featuring Jaanus Karilaid and Kadri Simson (Centre), Andres Ammas and Andres Herkel (Free) and Margus Tsahkna (IRL) happened at initiative of Centre faction at Riigikogu.
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.
«Ain't no normal party» or why they're all greying
As for average age of members of Estonian political parties, time is mercilessly ticking towards pensions and retirements. During these past seven years, all have advanced in years with EKRE currently the oldest at 56 and Reform continually the youngest (41).
20.06.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: presidential elections headed towards round two
The two news yesterday have significantly altered the picture regarding upcoming presidential elections.
Poll: Reform Party becomes Estonia's most popular party in April
The Reform Party became Estonia's most popular party in April as according to a fresh poll taken by TNS Emor for BNS it would get 23 percent of the vote if elections were held tomorrow.
Party finance watchdog bans convicted criminals from its meetings
Estonian Supervisory Committee on Party Financing on Wednesday adopted changes to the committee's rules of procedure according to which persons punished pursuant to criminal procedure would be banned from the committee's meetings.
5 parties file bill to banish convicted criminals from party finance watchdog
Five of the six party groups in the Estonian parliament initiated a bill of amendments to the Political Parties Act on Monday that would prohibit persons punished pursuant to criminal procedure from taking part in the work of the Supervisory Committee on Party Financing.
Center appoints Toobal to party finance watchdog
The opposition Center Party has appointed Priit Toobal, secretary general of the party, as its representative in the Supervisory Committee on Party Financing.
Editorial: fighting? Seek to agree
The truck transport tussle is worthy or broader public attention. The law says carriers adhere not to rules. Truckers smell persecution. Feels like the nation needs to interfere.
Survey: Support for Estonian Center Party, Reform Party grows in February
The support of Estonia's Reform Party and Center Party increased the most in February compared to the previosu month, it appears from a poll taken for the public broadcaster ERR by Turu-uuringute AS.
Kids do drugs at party, GHB talk unconfirmed
As established by police, drugs were used at birthday party of girl aged 16 in Raplamaa on Friday. Talk of «date rape» poured in glasses of girls was not confirmed.
18.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
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
In 2015, Reform drew top donations
Last year, the private donors most generous towards parliamentary parties were entrepreneurs Urmas Sõõrumaa and Hillar Teder. The sums given by the duo put together amounted to almost a quarter of the total donated.
13.01.2016, Karin KangroPM
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
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
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.
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.
Squirrel tails sticking from state firm doors
Diligently, Postimees has delved into the coterie repeatedly appointed to counsel public enterprises by party bureaus since the change of millennium. Side by side with faithful officials, these are dominated by generous donors and cadres.
15.06.2015, Oliver KundPM
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Riigikogu elections spiced up with Presidents
Who or what are we going to elect anyway, sounded the justified question as, all of a sudden, possible presidential candidates were thrown into election kettle boiling with parties and prime ministers.
12.02.2015, 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
Quit drinking, keep smiling
Forget the world view. In election programmes, the parties stand united in intent to make life miserable for tipplers and find funds to fill holes in Estonian teeth. At current level of financing, the healthcare system is in dire straits a few years from now, but why mention that?
27.01.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
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.
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
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
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
The stinging split in Estonian media
Joining political parties and running at elections this coming spring, journalists tend to see no conflicts between the two roles. Experts in press ethics beg to differ, pointing to the imminent choice to be made by society whether reporters-in-parties will in our land be a phenomenon acceptable or not.
29.12.2014, Oliver KundPM
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
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
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
Centre Party ads trigger criminal procedure
Yesterday, Office of the Prosecutor General launched criminal procedure regarding election ads of Tallinn city government figures (Centre Party), based on application by political parties financing supervision committee.
10.06.2014, Karin KangroPM
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
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: dirty party laundry. In plastic bags
Political parties prefer problem management by beating about bushes.
Support for Center Party and IRL grows in September - survey
Support for Estonia's Center Party and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) increased most in September, it can be seen from a survey ordered by the Estonian public broadcaster ERR and conducted by pollster Emor.
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.
Large Estonian parties lose popularity in August
The four Estonian parliamentary parties combined had 7 percent less supporters in August than in July, whereas the ratings of two unrepresented parties climbed nearer to the 5 percent parliamentary threshold, it appears from a nationwide survey by TNS Emor for the public broadcaster ERR.
SDE, Center top Estonian party ratings in May
The most popular parties among Estonian voters in May were the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Center Party, a poll conducted by Emor for the public broadcasting company ERR indicates.