Boy band looking for a leader
„I don't want to be coarse; however, I can put it in no other way,“ the Pro Patria Res Publica (IRL) union's native pro patrians found after the party council met on Saturday. The virtual vote of no confidence in chairman Margus Tsahkna now leaves the party's uncertain fate in the hands of the Res Publica camp.
10.04.2017, Tuuli KochPM
Shadow of corruption over Arsenal center
A Riigikogu select committee is set to look into sale of land under the Arsenal shopping center in North Tallinn part of which is owned by entrepreneur and Reform Party member Rain Rosimannus.
24.01.2017, Lennart RuudaPM
Ratas says no long coalition agreement will be drawn up
According to Juri Ratas, chairman of Estonia's Center Party who launched coalition talks on Wednesday, the new government coalition is not to draw up a long coalition agreement, but will instead agree on general principles and in the future will be ready to head all good ideas.
Center Party to form new government
The Center Party will be a part of the next government – this much is for certain today. Whether the race for a new government will be won by the Reform Party or Pro Patria (IRL) and the social democrats (SDE) together will become clear in the coming days.
08.11.2016, Joosep Värk
Video: ihukaitse viis Trumpi kampaaniaürituselt ajutiselt minema (4)
Ühendriikide vabariiklaste presidendikandidaat Donald Trump toimetati laupäeval USA Salateenistuse (United States Secret Service) agentide poolt ajutiselt minema Renos korraldatud kampaaniaürituselt, teatas kohalik meedia.
Savisaar won't attend Center Party congress, asks to vote for Toom
The incumbent chairman of Estonia's Center Party, Edgar Savisaar, announced on Friday that he will not attend the party's extraordinary congress on Saturday and is asking his supporters to vote for Yana Toom at the chairman election, at the same time stressing that he will not withdraw from politics and will definitely continue in the Center Party.
Editorial: scandals come and scandals go. Ideals not so
Today, it's all eyes on Rio de Janeiro and the legendary Maracanã.
«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: Akela errs
In the «Jungle Book» by Rudyard Kipling, we remember reading how head of the wolf pack Akela let a prey slip while hunting. He was old, and not as good as he once was. The word spread and foes seized their chance. As Mr Kipling personally put it: «Once the head of the pack begins to err, they will be calling him a «dead wolf» no matter that he's still alive, as he hasn't got long to live.»
Editorial: the true essence of the Mihkel Raud flop
To the surprise of many, musician and TV host Mihkel Raud (Soc Dems) walked out of Riigikogu citing failure as politician.
The last country
Romania is politically detoxifying. The diet is a «play by ear», without a set of rules, administered by disunited «technicians» and «doctors» on a clear concept for the cure.
09.05.2016, Veronica AnghelPM
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: conflict v compromise
To a degree, stiffness and «my way» is turning into a stumbling stone for a key figure in current governing coalition, health and labour minister Jevgeni Ossinovski. After rising to lead Soc Dems in May 2015, he was expected to do a kind of restart and raise the party's popularity and profile by bringing it out of the shadows of partners.
Editorial: politician's hands
1948 saw premiere of play by Jean-Paul Sartre named «Dirty Hands», political drama played out in a fictitious Balkan state during WW2. A key hero is communist leader Hoederer who opts to cooperate with foes in order to secure his party a place in the government.
Incoming helmsman believes Port of Tallinn not steeped in corruption
To boost competitiveness, the port and Estonian Railways will need to operate as a cluster or holding corporation says Valdo Kalm yesterday elected as Port of Tallinn CEO.
15.01.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Estonians think the world has become more unstable - poll
Estonians perceive the world around them as less stable and many fear flare-up of new armed conflicts, it appears from a recent public opinion poll on national security.
Editorial: trust shaking, govt standing
In the common clay pot of the threefold coalition, new cracks are these days being discovered while pointing at one another saying was this you? Even so, the pot is intact being one of the kind in the household. And the cooking will go on, near-term. This might be a picture to paint about this next crisis of trust.
Editorial: the past and the bickering
Understandably, the Soc Dems are moving into a governing position their new chief Jevgeni Ossinovski. For one, that's a surer way to see the coalition treaty is honoured. On the other, hand, why send defence minister and party's former chairman Sven Mikser into Riigikogu?
Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand: I believe in cooperation and inclusion
In interview below, Estonia's freshly appointed foreign minister Marina Kaljurand says she values broad based foreign policy and counts on her earlier experience in foreign service.
16.07.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Editorial: the taxing decisions
The tax amendments package passed this Monday night was nothing nice. Pragmatically, it does secure the execution of policy agreed in government and the coalition can get its compromises enacted.
Editorial: the laws of nature governing politics
This past Saturday, IRL picked social minister Margus Tsahkna (38) as its new chairman, to succeed justice minister Urmas Reinsalu (39). A week before, Riigikogu member Jevgeni Ossinovski (29) rose to be top soc dem before whom defence minister Sven Mikser (41) opted to bow out.
Editorial: new govt set to accelerate thru grey stone
The new government is in office and ready to roll. Not much time to accelerate, admonished the President. Counting from Election Day, the 38 pages of the agreement took 38 days to complete – Estonia’s record length of the ages. In the words of prime minister Taavi Rõivas, it emerged through the grey stone.
Editorial: the new Riigikogu – longing for a coalition
Today, work began for the new and 13th membership of the Riigikogu as elected by Estonian citizens four weeks ago. As Board of the Riigikogu gets elected, we get hints if coalition talks are nearing the finishing line or are we in for more days filled with negotiations.
A noisy week of talks class. Enter Pencils
Monday, March 2nd. Reform Party (RE) opts to extend coalition talks invitation to four parties: Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), Social Democratic Party (SDE), Free Party (EVE) and Conservative People’s Party (EKRE).
13.03.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
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
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
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.
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
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
Rõivas: background to decisions needs more explanation
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas thinks the sharp criticism by Reform Party honorary chairman Siim Kallas towards the current party is not justified. Focussing on success at elections, Mr Rõivas promises generous support to large families.
05.12.2014, Tuuli KochPM
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
Curtain (again) falls on Soviet mural
Till 2008 a veil hid mural extolling the Soviet Union by Evald Okas – one now used as backdrop for class photographs by Tallinn Linnamäe Russian Lyceum.
21.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
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: Reform Party – the Swedbank of Estonian politics
Today, Reform Party has a party: it turns twenty. Glancing in the rear view mirror, chief squirrels may get some satisfaction – the project launched by a midnight talk between Heiki Kranich and Siim Kallas in the Vienna hotel De France has evolved into a corner stone, a market leader and a power hub of Estonian politics. Easily, its position strikes a comparison to that of Swedbank in banking – 43 percent of all deposits at half year mark. Reform holds a third of the parliament and half the government, matching the impact.
Resignation of Ligi rescues government
By stepping down, finance minister Jürgen Ligi put an end to three-day stalemate possibly leading to governmental crisis. His replacement is not yet known.
27.10.2014, Karin KangroPM
The dark side of a national idol
Via mediation biz, firm of IRL vice chairman Eerik-Niiles Kross is linked to Russian fuel company under economic sanctions.
22.10.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Tensions building between business and the state
When, this past spring, a bunch of amendments nasty towards businesses were pushed through in Riigikogu, it initially appeared that peace was unbroken. Turns out, the fire was just smouldering beneath ashes.
26.09.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
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
Retired KGB General: Kohver case unheard-of in security service history
Aleksei Kondaurov, a general retired from the Soviet-time intelligence agency KGB, finds not much political sense in the apprehension of and espionage-accusations against the Estonian security officer Eston Kohver even if he was caught on the Russian side as claimed by Russian security service FSB.
25.09.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Helga Kalm: in the end, it was a close win for Abdul Turay
In the end, it was a close win for Abdul Turay, finds Helga Kalm, today's online-debate's umpire.
17.09.2014, Helga KalmPM
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.
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
Editorial: Tallinn stirred
While the voter is increasingly into Midsummer Night grill wurst thinking (to say nothing about football), opposition is stretching its fingers towards Tallinn power pie. From two angles.
Ilves: we have kept pressing the snooze button to postpone awakening
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who gave a presentation at the influential Brussels Forum, reproached the European Union for its slow and cautious joint counter steps following Russia's aggression in Ukraine.
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
Criminal case launched over VEB Fund documents
Office of the Prosecutor General last week initiated criminal proceedings to investigate falsified VEB Fund letter and its origins.
Editorial: the Social Democratic Groundhog Day
Again, a new day dawning. Again, hopes arise of opportunities ahead. Again and again, Estonia’s soc dems find themselves facing options none of which they’d like to swallow. Try as you may, stand on your ears – as the sun comes up, same old same old comes around like with the TV guy played by Bill Murray, in the 1993 Hollywood comedy Groundhog Day.
Soc dem top «not imagining» deal with Centre Party
Inner options of Reform Party do inject tensions into daily life of other parties. Eiki Nestor, vice chairman of the soc dems faction in Riigikogu, tells us to be patient while waiting for fresh power coalition, not keen to criticise a possible partner.
21.02.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Kallas: I never peddled myself
Siim Kallas (65), Estonia’s prime minister in 2002–2003, admits he’d indeed be willing to lead the government again. Even so, prior decision by Reformers is needed: is this a good idea – or is it not.
14.02.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Sochi to miss just one Baltic Prime Minister
Despite criticism, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip sticks to decision to visit Sochi winter Olympics starting this week.
04.02.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Editorial: top sports and politics – tough knot to cut
For Estonian state officials, visiting Russia often proves a hot potato. With obvious mutual interests absent – like with border treaty talks – a conflict of values is easily stirred, and the question is asked what will be the impression of the trip.
Jaan Männik may cancel own party plans
Former Eesti Pank chairman Jaan Männik (pictured), having planned to create a new right-wing party, promised to give this up if the Free Patriotic Citizen (VIK) and Better Estonia initiative indeed gains traction.
Party maker hits at hierarchical leadership
Maario Laas, an engine for new party being created, thinks it should not be stuck in an ideological box – the aim is restoring weight of citizens’ votes at decision-making.
14.01.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Editorial: MEP seat for Mr Herkel? Why not. And then what?
New party, new party – a well-known chorus sung in Estonia, over the years. By now, the emotions triggered by the ditty might fall three categories, yea even three: naive faith, or corresponding unbelief; or fear (perhaps real) within IRL.
New Estonian party in birth pangs, possibly
At a meeting this past Saturday, ASBL Free Patriotic Citizen (VIK) and association Better Estonia agreed to take definite steps preparing to create a new political party: Estonian political system, they concluded, is in need of a new energetic force, changing style of politics and stirring the existing parties to alter current manners.
13.01.2014, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
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.
Stars aligned for fresh party to arise
Former head of Eesti Pank’s council Jaan Männik is in preparations for a non-profit association to be created in the fall, to evolve into a new political party.
05.08.2013, Karin KangroPM
Editorial: politics of disappointment
New party taking its time to emerge.
Politically undecided at six years peak in July
As revealed by TNS Emor July polls, 46 per cent of respondents favour no political party – the highest showing in six years.
31.07.2013, Heidi OjamaaPM
Estonian MEP Vilja Savisaar-Toomast joins Reform Party
MEP Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, who won her seat in the European Parliament on the ticket of the opposition Center Party but quit the party in spring 2012, has joined the ruling Reform Party.
Voting fraud scandal undermines Reform Party's popularity rise
The scandal around vote rigging in internal leadership elections has robbed the Reform Party of the chance to rise to the top of party popularity ratings and the opposition Center Party emerged as the most popular party among Estonian voters in the monthly poll conducted by TNS Emor for the public broadcasting company ERR.
Editorial: kicking down another open door
This year, party get-togethers and the resulting political declarations have basked in abundant limelight, with even smaller non-parliamentary groups getting their share. The reason being simple: it is local elections time, in October. And therefore, people are more into politics. So: is there anything fresh, ideas and solutions offered for the advancement for the state? Anything worth debating?