Prime Minister: Estonia not spying on Trump
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said, commenting on an article by Newsweek, that Estonia is definitely not spying on the Trump administration.
17.02.2017, Andres EinmannPM
X-file reveals hidden truth about Rail Baltic
Outspoken critic of the Rail Baltic project MP Igor Gräzin was not accommodated in January when he asked Prime Minister Jüri Ratas for a presentation given during a 2011 cabinet meeting regarding the railroad. State Secretary Heiki Loot refused to release the document as the economy ministry had deemed it exclusively for in-house use for a period of a decade.
14.02.2017, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Estonian govt gives green light to signature of Rail Baltic agreement
Estonian government on Thursday approved the concluding of the Rail Baltic agreement and authorized Prime Minister Juri Ratas to sign it on the behalf of Estonia.
Ratas' plan would help half of stateless persons
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, who came under a barrage of questions from the opposition during yesterday's Riigikogu Question Time, was forced to assure members of parliament on several occasions that the Center Party's idea to give people who have lived in Estonia for more than 25 years citizenship does not mean an indiscriminate campaign to throw passports at everyone.
26.01.2017, Karin KangroPM
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
Time of county governments will soon be over
The time of county governments will soon be over, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in an opinion piece published in the regional daily Meie Maa on Wednesday.
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
Ratas promises no prime minister's show on Tallinn TV
Tallinn TV, costing the capital's taxpayers millions of euros, has now left Center Party chairman, PM Jüri Ratas with a choice: whether to continue Savisaarian propaganda media, or order the medium to plot a new course and concentrate on municipal matters.
29.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Ratas' government takes office
Chairman of the Center Party Jüri Ratas was given powers to form Estonia's next government with 53 votes after three hours of answering MPs' questions in the parliament yesterday.
22.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Our coalition can do without monkey business
Jüri Ratas, set to officially become Estonia's prime minister the day after tomorrow, believes it is important Estonia would not be limited to Tallinn and Tartu, and that the tax system would finally be updated.
21.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Officials parry talk of East turn
While Estonia discusses tax changes, both government office, as well as foreign and defense ministry officials are busy combating rumors started by some foreign publications of a Kremlin-minded government about to take power in Estonia.
18.11.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
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
Initiatives need to be implemented soon
The prime minister's economic development working group, headed by Erkki Raasuke, presented its report to the public and the incoming coalition yesterday. The working group was paradoxically called to life by outgoing Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, while the fruits of its labor will now benefit his three biggest competitors.
11.11.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Ratas: Estonian Center Party's agreement with United Russia is non-active
According to Juri Ratas, chairman of Estonia's Center Party which on Wednesday launched consultations to set up a new government, his party's cooperation agreement with Russia's ruling party United Russia is not active.
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.
Estonian PM not to resign
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday morning after the Reform Party's board meeting that he will not resign and will fight in defense of his positions.
Income tax on dividends could be lowered
Information available to Postimees suggests that the prime minister's economic growth working group will propose cutting the rate of income tax on regular dividends to 14 percent, instead of the current 20, as part of a package of changes next Wednesday. Regular dividend payments would be defined as the average distributed profit for the past three years. Anything above that would be subject to the current 20 percent rate.
04.11.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Estonian govt decides to peg retirement age to life expectancy from 2027
The Estonian government decided on Thursday to peg the retirement age to life expectancy from 2027 and allow the people themselves to choose the time of retiring.
Traitor Dressen deprived of citizenship
The government decided yesterday to deprive Viktoria Dressen, wife of former Internal Security Service (KAPO) operative, convicted traitor Aleksei Dressen, of citizenship. Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said during the press conference that the decision constitutes a precedent in re-independent Estonia.
04.11.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Luik most frequent name in search for president
Parties resumed communication after yesterday's Riigikogu Council of Elders meeting to find a candidate that would suit all six. None can hope to avoid concessions in this process, while all will have to swallow desires and insults in addition to abandoning the temptation of planting their own mouthpiece in Kadriorg.
27.09.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Replacement activity rendering the government indecisive
The government spends hours discussing 700-page overviews of state functionality, remits bills, and finds that things could and should be done faster and better without making any actual decisions – as described by more than one member of the cabinet.
23.09.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Kaljurand says would give serious consideration to proposal to run
Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand, whom the Reform Party stripped of its support in the electoral college round of the election of the next Estonian president, said on Wednesday that should a serious proposal be made to her to run in the electoral body she will give serious consideration to it.
Roivas calls for combining strengths of Estonia, Germany to make up Europe's engine
Estonia's IT ingenuity and Germany's industrial might must be transformed into an engine that will give a new impetus to the economy of all of Europe, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said at a meeting with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.
Reform rules to support Nestor in 1st round
The board of the Reform Party decided at a meeting Tuesday morning to accept a proposal of the junior government partner Social Democratic Party (SDE) for the two parties to adopt SDE's Eiki Nestor as their joint candidate in the first voting round of the presidential election in parliament and Reform's Siim Kallas in the second and third round.
Estonian Reform Party's presidential candidate is Siim Kallas
After more than two hours of debates Wednesday, the Reform Party's leadership settled on honorary chairman Siim Kallas as the party's official presidential candidate.
Estonian PM: decision to increase NATO presence is breakthrough
The decision to increase the presence of NATO forces in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland approved at the alliance's Warsaw summit on Friday is a long-awaited breakthrough that demonstrates the unity of NATO and increases security for Estonia, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said.
Adviser to Rõivas not backing down on excise rise
Contradicting the everyday experience of Estonians getting cheap alcohol from Valka, Latvia right across the border, adviser to Prime Minister on economy and finances Martin Lindpere cites statistics to prove the price levels of Estonia and Latvia do not differ much. Also, he assures us that Taavi Rõivas has entered no contract in the interests of Alko, the Finnish monopoly, to level vodka prices between the neighbouring nations.
20.06.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Threat to kill lands man in prison
Yesterday, Harju County Court judged Martin Kattai who had threatened to kill Prime Minister as guilty and pinished him with two years in prison, of which he will immediately have to serve three months.
15.06.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Prison sentence requested for man who threatened prime minister
At Harju County Court session yesterday, state prosecutor Steven-Hristo Evestus required real imprisonment for Martin Kattai accused of threatening to kill prime minister Taavi Rõivas.
31.05.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Estonian PM against decision-making by vote in govt
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Thursday he is not in favor of decision-making by vote in the government as this would not be fair toward the smaller coalition partners.
Work group to hunt elephants hindering economy of Estonia
Summonsing the economic experts, Prime Minister of Estonia Taavi Rõivas is after ideas on how to reach the Nordic livings standards while avoiding the setting of a date.
01.02.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
Editorial: power struggle under gay couples cover
Turns out, they may actually split the government, and that formally because of the registered partnership act implementation provisions. In the tussle, good will by soc dems is just nowhere to be seen. And the other two seem to be lacking any trace of trust.
Albanian family's story about to alter Estonian law
Almen, an Albanian with three years of court dispute under his belt with Police and Border Guard (PPA) regarding asylum application is also filing for residence permit to be processed simultaneously with the application for asylum. A glance on the broader picture reveals a need for law amendment, admit prime and interior ministers.
29.01.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian PM promises to deal with shortcomings of refugee policy
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas the state has already taken into account the recommendations of the National Audit Office regarding the refugee policy and government agencies have to continue working toward eliminating all shortcomings.
Estonia to continue on same course - PM
Estonia needs to achieve permanent allied presence in the area to ensure its security and carry on previous economic policy to increase prosperity, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas says in a programmatic article in Tuesday's issue of Postimees.
12.01.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Hestitation coalition created by Rõivas embraces seasonal Christmas peace
Born in deep inner distrust as situation in parliament allegedly offered no better variants, the coalition led by Taavi Rõivas has arrived at a point where they just don't feel like altering the government before Christmas. But the spring may bring salvation.
10.12.2015, Tuuli KochPM
SDE secretary general says 'red line' has been reached
The appointment of former prime minister Juhan Parts as candidate for the Estonian representative in the European Court of Auditors (ECA) despite public opposition by the Social Democratic Party (SDE) is taking relations between partners in the ruling coalition to a critical point, the secretary general of SDE, Inara Luigas, said.
Rõivas: I must tell the naked truth
In the nervous Europe, Estonia must not panic, not become uptight, but must take the situation as a challenge that the Estonian state is prepared for, says Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform).
19.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
New budget head sees trouble ahead in economy of Estonia
As Estonia's veteran budget watchdog Andrus Säälik assumed post as permanent Estonian adviser at OECD in Paris, his chair in September was filled by Sven Kirsipuu with 18 years at finance ministry under his belt. Tomorrow, state budget undergoes its first reading at Riigikogu. To mark the occasion, we thought we'd ask him how Estonian economy is doing?
19.10.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
PM: No political declarations will be added to Estonian-Russian border treaty
No political declarations will be added to the border treaty between Estonia and Russia, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Thursday.
Tallinn rocked by farmer power
Addressing the protest rally in front of the parliament building yesterday, Tartu County farmers chief Jaan Sõrra vowed to spread dung across the castle front should governing politicians fail to deliver on EU support as promised.
15.09.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
PM says Estonia agrees with number of refugees offered by Commission
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas confirmed that Estonia agrees with the number of refugees to be relocated to Estonia according to a plan adopted by the European Commission on Wednesday.
Prime Minister: Dividing refugees proportionally in EU is important step
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas the deal according to which refugees will be divided between European Union member states proportionally is an important step forward.
Estonian PM visits refugee center at Vao
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas visited the accommodation center for asylum seekers at Vao on Thursday, following an arson attack committed against a building of the accommodation center in the early morning.
Gunnar Okk: related specialties should be taught in one university
Tomorrow, Nordic Investment Bank vice president Gunnar Okk will address research and development committee chaired by Prime Minister to report on situation and options for higher education and research in Estonia. Employees at universities and research agencies are anxious to hear what the report will reveal. In interview underneath, Mr Okk will allow an initial peek.
24.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonian, Finnish PMs visiting Lebanon together
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas and his Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila have started a two-day visit to Lebanon to recognize members of the defense forces of Estonia and Finland serving together on the United Nations UNIFIL peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.
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
Stronger stick, sweeter carrot, and urge to merge
At the moment, Estonia sports 213 local governments. By our 100th Anniversary, they should be three times less. The conditions for survival of some and extinction of others are being feverishly forged.
16.07.2015, Oliver KundPM
Estonian prime minister stands up to no-confidence vote
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas survived a vote of no confidence in parliament on Monday, sidestepping the second serious challenge to him and his two-month-old coalition government related to the package of tax changes that the coalition wants to push through to secure sources of financing for its government program.
Taavi Rõivas regards will of people as «sacred»
In office for two months sharp, the government is braced for painful decisions and criticism says Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (35). During the period, Postimees has interviewed fresh ministers in a series called «Starting Gun» – based on the content underneath not to be renamed «Swan Song».
11.06.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Estonian Center Party decides to move against prime minister
The Center Party will start collecting parliament members' signatures in support of a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, vice chair of the opposition party and head of its parliamentary group Kadri Simson said after an emergency meeting of the party board on Wednesday.
Fresh Finnish Prime Minister: hardships are material for achievements
To act as Finnish Prime Minister, Juha Sipilä (Centre) has had his initial dozen days. The coalition government composed of Centre (6 ministers), the Finns (4 ministers), and National Coalition (4 ministers) entered into office on May 29th. After paying a state visit to Sweden first in line, the day before yesterday, Mr Sipilä made it to Tallinn Airport the selfsame evening – a place familiar from his businessman days. Spurning the comfy car sent to get him from Karja St hotel, he opted walking to Stenbock House thru Old Town sunshine.
10.06.2015, Marti AavikPM
Interior min: Estonia not agreeing with Commission's refugee quota proposal
Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said on Wednesday that Estonia understands the solidarity principle when helping refugees and supports the need to solve the refugee crisis in countries on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, but does not support quotas for resettling and relocating refugees and considers the refugee number proposed to Estonia disproportionate.
Kairi Uustulnd assumes job of chief of Estonian prime minister's office
Kairi Uustulnd started performing the duties of head of the office of the prime minister of Estonia on Monday, taking over from Liina Kersna who won a seat in parliament in the March 1 general election.
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.
Ruta Arumäe: Prime Minister wanted no advice
Estonian state’s economic policy is managed by Excel tables, merely adding up the costs and revenues. No-one analyses the broader implications of steps taken, writes Ruta Arumäe, adviser to Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas during the former government and now an independent economist.
17.04.2015, Ruta ArumäePM
Mikser, Reinsalu to become Estonian PM's substitutes
Estonian Defense Minister Sven Mikser from the Social Democratic Party (SDE) is to be appointed as the substitute of Prime Minister Taavi Roivas during his absences and Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu from the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) as his second substitute.
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.
Yesterday, coalition agreement was signed in the white hall of Riigikogu by representatives of Reform, Soc Dems and IRL. Two hours after the event, prime minister candidate Taavi Rõivas (Reform) launched into his speech before parliament about bases for forming the government. Having heard that, with 58 yes-votes the Riigikogu awarded him powers to get with it.
09.04.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Roivas: It's logical that Cohabitation Act will take effect in Estonia
Answering a question from a Center Party MP in parliament on Wednesday, prime minister designate Taavi Roivas said the enactment of the Cohabitation Act is a logical course of events.
Roivas: Estonia's coalition agreement would cost more than EUR 300 mln
Coalition agreement of the three Estonian parties at present engaged in coalition-building talks is more than 300 million euros, chairman of the Reform Party, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, said and also mentioned excise duty hikes as sources for covering costs.
Editorial: the four go tug-of-war
As of today, coalition talks «are stuck» (said Sven Mikser) and the struggling agreement in danger of becoming «a round ball» (said Andres Herkel).
Power talks break down
With no real results to show, coalition talks have grinded to a halt. With Reform Party left rather alone, the deepening human mistrust between parties is foreboding.
19.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
One glaringly not needed
On this tenth day of power babble, chief talker Taavi Rõivas (Reform) said the weighty decisions start today – on the afternoon of which he leaves for Brussels for a couple of days.
18.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Toiling towards coalition, by SMS and demanding theses
Calling three parties to coalition talks, Reform is in obvious urge for swift solution as each passing day pumps smaller partners with fresh faith, stronger stakes and other options.
05.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: the six slices of cake
As humbly admitted by soc dem chief Sven Mikser, on elections day voter is king. And, should the king wish two new parties in parliament, the seats cannot obviously be added to the existing 101. Some will have to make way.
Rõivas rules out coalition with Centre
As election results were declared, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) said it was now time to think about a new three party coalition.
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.
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
Garibashvili says Estonia a model state for Georgia
Estonia serves as an example and a model state for Georgia, Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said at a press conference after a meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas in Tbilisi on Monday.
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
Estonian PM: Russia must follow provisions of Minsk Protocol
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas it is important that Russia follows provisions of the Minsk Protocol, including the promise to take its forces and weaponry out of Ukraine.
Estonia's first honorary consulate in Serbia inaugurated
Prime Minister Taavi Roivas on Wednesday opened Estonia's first honorary consulate in Serbia in the capital Belgrade.
US vice president Biden acknowledges Estonia for good allied relations
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas on Wednesday discussed the security situation in Europe at the White House with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden who said that allied relations with Estonia are an example to other NATO member states.
Editorial: power party ferment
Who, if any, could one consider an authority? Attempting to answer: someone who shares your world view (as, otherwise, perhaps, the basis for conclusions might prove too differing), who has experience, knowledge and the bystander look. For Reform Party, its creator, initial chairman and former prime minister Siim Kallas seems to tick all the boxes.
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: fighters testing the role conflict fringe
Reform Party political technologists may, perhaps, be patting each other on the back: in the vastness of the web, campaign video filmed at Ämari Air Base is living a life of its own while (news) portals and social media are awesomely astir. Taavi Rõivas, as party chairman and prime minister, has endless opportunity to harp a political message on security. Even so, the very freshly prime minister ought to already have experience and statesmanship enough to realise there is a line better not crossed in a democratic rule of law – one which political games may easily infringe.
Vopak LNG terminal alters Balticconnector course
Come Monday, world leading fuel storing company Vopak launches environmental impact assessment in Jõelähtme Commune primed to grant Muuga Harbour a LNG terminal in just a couple of years.
20.11.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Jürgen Ligi became the Chairman of the National Defence Committee
Former Minister of Finance Jürgen Ligi was elected the Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu, and Aivar Riisalu was re-elected the Deputy Chairman.
Editorial: best for the party. Best for the people?
As finance minister chair was emptied of Jürgen Ligi, Reform Party filled it with the strong specialist Maris Lauri. As a long-term foreign minister finally hopped on the Brussels horse, well-known politicians come marching in – while needing to prove themselves in the new roles.
For Rõivas, LNG terminal in Estonia but a blue dream
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas says Estonia must give up regional LNG terminal in favour of Finland so Finns in return would agree with speedier building of Balticconnector gas pipe connecting the two countries.
31.10.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Reform Party names Maris Lauri candidate for finance minister
The Reform Party, senior half of Estonia's ruling coalition, has decided to nominate Maris Lauri for the post of minister of finance.
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.
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
Words by minister trigger political scandal
Ironic haughtiness by finance minister Jürgen Ligi (Reform Party) begun to pour forth on Wednesday while answering questions before Riigikogu related to next year budget. In the evening, he was on TV show «Foorum» and afterwards wrote in Facebook it was a waste of time – the show filled with alien obsessions and nothing else.
24.10.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
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
Pevkur pledges proper cameras to watch borders
Interior minister Hanno Pevkur, you met the people working on the border – what about their morale and will to work after the capture of Eston Kohver, and the criticism that followed regarding how the border holds?
24.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Rõivas: well let’s get started right away!
Having hiked the Estonia-Russia boundary line, yesterday, with interior minister Hanno Pevkur, Police and Border Guard Board chief Elmar Vaher and other police and border guard officials, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas announced the erecting and completion of border starts this very instant.
24.09.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Rõivas: we expect Russia to fully cooperate
Commenting of the kidnapping, this morning, of an Estonian security police officer, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said he expects Russia to fully cooperate and provide legal assistance to solve the incident.
05.09.2014, Karin KangroPM
Barack Obama pays visit to govt of Estonia
At Stenbock House, US President Barack Obama meets Estonia's prime minister Taavi Rõivas and other members of the cabinet.
Editorial: a shot in own foot
Not too long ago, in 2010, then President of Russian Federation Dmitri Medvedev paid a visit to USA. With colleague Barack Obama they rode into a hamburger stand in Virginia where the Russian head of state heartily bit into the symbol of American life: a fat white bread double-decker with steak, Cheddar cheese, onion, jalapeno-paprika and mushrooms. To say nothing about the inseparable Coca-Cola.
In time of war, Prime Minister to take the wheel
The National Defence Act bill now under approval procedures will set up Prime Minister as the one in command. The current foundations for defending Estonia are considered obsolete and even comparable to arrangements preceding WW2.
23.07.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Editorial: Made in Finland
Alexander Stubb (46), set to sit on Finning prime ministerial stool, is the embodiment of a trendy politician. The man casts a dynamic shadow and never seems to sit still.
David Cameron: Standing up for democracy and the European interest
For many European citizens the most interesting issue right now is who will win the World Cup. Only a small minority will be following the debate about the Presidency of European Commission. But this is important because it goes to the heart of the way the EU takes decisions, the need to respect its rules, and the appropriate relationship between the nations of Europe and the EU institutions.
13.06.2014, David CameronPM
Editorial: look further than a few years
Work capacity reform, the new coalition’s initial bone of contention, should not be rushed with. The practical aspects ought to be thoroughly considered. Let’s not forget, also, that regionally the conditions for getting to work – public transport, jobs on offer, willingness and ability of local governments – greatly vary. Overlooking such small yet vital details, the reform cannot be of expected benefit.
Power shift swings axe at councils
New government is gearing to reshuffle councils of state enterprises; members loyal to IRL will have to go – some, if not all. No voices raised regarding significant sifting of members with Reform Party background.
27.03.2014, Katariina KrjutškovaPM
New ministers sworn in
Before Riigikogu yesterday, ministers in the new Reform Party (RE) and Social Democratic Party (SDE) coalition government uttered oaths of office, then lining up for the traditional snapshot.
3,270 days as Prime Minister
Today, Andrus Ansip (57) spent his last day in charge of government of Estonia, thus totalling eight years, 11 months, and two weeks. In the afternoon, Taavi Rõivas took the baton, at Toompea.
26.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Bearing the burden of rose-coloured glasses
Andrus Ansip, on his final day as Prime Minister, thanks the people of Estonia for the honour shown to him, for the work accomplished together, and the burden mutually borne.
26.03.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: effectiveness more essential than items in treaty
The new government (if formed) is not blessed with comfy times to enter office. One thing to write stuff in coalition treaty – another matter what months ahead may bring in the shaky world next door, as also pertains to our economic environment. Clearly, the coalition-to-be-created must stand ready to react, swiftly and flexibly, to changing circumstances. Just like the two governments of Mart Laar, and the second one of Andrus Ansip’s.
Ilves: era of peace is over
Representatives of Estonia and Poland express deepest concern over wider implications of events in Ukraine.
19.03.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
New division of tasks echoes experiment with assistant-ministers
Distribution of ministerial posts by upcoming Reform Party/Soc Dems coalition only feels fresh at first glance.
19.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Editorial: fresh wallpapers
Hopefully, the new government will not be spinning wheels over cosmetic change.
Ilves has decided: Rõivas named candidate for prime minister
This afternoon, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves nominated Taavi Rõivas (Reform Party) as candidate for prime minister and thus tasked with forming a new government of Estonia.
Editorial: a prime ministerial getaway
Siim Kallas takes flight for life more peaceful.
Kallas «leaving as one who didn’t succeed»
Postimees secures interview with Siim Kallas, the almost-prime-minister-to-be, at Tallinn airport just before the EU commissioner enters airplane.
13.03.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Spring-coalition in portfolio-gear
A new Reform Party/Soc Dems government aka spring-coalition now sounds like a fact. Today, hardly anybody believes in the current coalition – with trust lost towards existing partners.
07.03.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Reform Party and soc dems in springtime coalition to sniff deal
Creation of new government coalition to kick into official gear on Friday as prime ministerial party chooses its negotiators.
05.03.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: government goes for Shrove Tuesday
Today, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip handed resignation papers to President.
Ansip to abdicate on Shrove Tuesday
Before Andrus Ansip leaves office as prime minister, Reform Party will host its council and general assembly.
25.02.2014, Sulev VedlerPM
Editorial: the comeback of Kallas
Joint affirmation by Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and EU commissioner Siim Kallas regarding the latter becoming the new prime minister settles the issue and equals an attempt to end the standstill of current coalition.
Kallas the Premier, Ansip the Commissioner
As announced to party cadre by Siim Kallas, he isn’t after Estonian Presidency – having a different ambition altogether.
12.02.2014, Sulev VedlerPM
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
Estonia might grow fast for next 15 years as well
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip admits that tax changes should have been more thoroughly explained, while claiming the trend is right.
30.12.2013, Mart LuikPM
Georgia's prime minister, who announced quitting politics, to visit Estonia
Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who on Monday announced his imminent withdrawal from political affairs, is about to make a two-day visit to Estonia on Sept. 8 and 9.
Prime Minister advises Kaisma Commune to seek justice in court
According to prime minister Andrus Ansip, leaders of the former Pärnu County commune Kaisma ought to sue the Vändra rural municipality council decision to abolish Kaisma electoral district. At yesterday’s government press briefing, Mr Ansip said agreements are to be honoured, this being a case for the courts.