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.
Coalition agreement signed
Chairman of the Center Party Juri Ratas, chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) Margus Tsahkna and chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) Jevgeni Ossinovski signed the coalition agreement in Toompea Castle, the seat of the Estonian parliament, on Monday.
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).
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.
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.
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.
IRL wants constitution to state marriage is between man, woman
Estonian Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) is to propose making an amendment to the Constitution according to which marriage is only between a man and a woman.
Political review: Patria 2.0
At party vision conference this past Saturday, Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) chairman Margus Tsahkna held a speech on how Estonia and IRL are supposed to move forward.
18.01.2016, Joosep VärkPM
IRL contrives «patriotic» comeback
«I understand why people are mad at us. They expect us to have great goals,» said Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) chairman Margus Tsahkna to comment the currently plummeting ratings.
15.01.2016, Joosep VärkPM
IRL's Tsahkna: Fatherland forever
The fresh head of IRL, Margus Tsahkna thinks this past year featured an overdose of political games. He was especially annoyed by the testing of options for creation of new government under cover of opening the coalition treaty in summer.
30.12.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Parts hopes govt will stay together in spite of his candidacy
Former Estonian Prime Minister Juhan Parts, nominated by the minister of finance for the Estonian seat in the European Court of Auditors (ECA), expressed hope on Friday that his nomination will not lead to a collapse of the government despite opposition to him by Social Democrats.
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.
Finmin to nominate Juhan Parts candidate for ECA
Finance Minister Sven Sester is about to make a proposal to the government to nominate Juhan Parts as candidate for the Estonian representative in the European Court of Auditors (ECA) despite opposition to the candidacy of Parts expressed by the coalition partner Social Democratic Party (SDE).
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.
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.
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.
Ligi blasts SDE's wish to revisit coalition agreement
Jurgen Ligi, Estonia's minister of education and research from the ruling Reform Party, criticized sharply coalition partner Social Democratic Party's (SDE) wish to reopen the coalition accord at Thursday's press conference of the government.
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.
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.
IRL conjures patriotic spirit
While starring as fresh chairman of Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) in Tallinn general assembly, Margus Tsahkna was forcing «Statesmen» the folk group do without him at two initial shows of Estonian Mendance Festival Three happening in Rakvere.
08.06.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Fall in support to 19 pct leaves Reform Party 2nd in popularity rankings
The Reform Party which in March was still the most popular party in Estonia with 28 percent support has since fallen to second place, ranking far behind the Center Party with 19 percent, it appears from a survey conducted by TNS Emor for BNS.
Estonia's new government takes oath of office
Ministers of Estonia's new government of the Reform Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) on Thursday took their oaths of office before the parliament.
Jurgen Ligi tipped for education minister
Member of the Reform Party's governing board Jurgen Ligi, former minister of defense and finance, will in great probability get the portfolio of education and research in the new Estonian government.
06.04.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
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.
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.
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.
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
Recount gives parlt seat to Ladonskaja
Viktoria Ladonskaja, candidate from Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), has won the last of IRL's 14 seats in the Riigikogu according a vote recount conducted on Wednesday.
IRL ranks require renewal
Parallel to power talks, Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) leaders convene today to discuss issues of coalition and details of party council session on March 21st. While no longer directly on agenda, at any IRL meeting election results keep cropping up.
09.03.2015, Sigrid KõivPM
Anti-Putin rally at Russian Embassy, Tallinn
Yesterday, IRL (Pro Patria and Res Publica Union) nationalists, Ants Erm and News from Ukraine held a «Stop Putin!» picket in front of the Russian Embassy. Some two dozen participated, chanting «Freedom for Ukraine», «Freedom for Eston Kohver», and «Down with Putin».
Parlt appoints Mart Laar chairman of Bank of Estonia supervisor
The Riigikogu on Tuesday appointed twice former prime minister and former minister of defense Mart Laar as chairman of the supervisory board of the Bank of Estonia effective from June 13.
Center Party has clear predominance in Estonian capital - survey
The opposition Center Party is bound to emerge as the undisputed winner of the upcoming local polls in the Estonian capital, mustering as much support as the next two parties combined, it appears from a newly-released survey commissioned by public broadcaster ERR.
Estonian Center Party: rankings of parties could easily change
Going by the fairly stable ratings of Estonian political parties and the large share of voters without a party preference demonstrated by a fresh popularity poll, the rankings of parties could easily change, the Center Party says.
SDE remains most popular party in Estonia
The Social Democratic Party (SDE) enjoyed the highest support among Estonian voters also in April with 27 percent, news of public broadcaster ERR reported.
IRL leader: Laar can prevent foolish acts in European monetary policy
Speaking at a meeting of the policy-making council of Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) on Saturday, IRL's chairman Urmas Reinsalu said that the political capital and connections of Mart Laar permit him to avert in his capacity as chairman of the supervisory board of the central bank of Estonia many a foolish act in the policy of the European Central Bank (ECB).
People see sale of residence permits as entailing biggest risks for Estonia - poll
Asked about their perception of the impact of the different scandals that have shaken Estonia of late, respondents in a recent poll picked out the scheme run by senior politicians from the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) allowing wealthy Russian businesspeople to obtain Estonian residence permits for cash as the most dangerous for national security.
Bulldozing candles sparks indignation
Thousands of March Deportation memorial candles, still aflame, where cleaned up by tractor and shovels on Martens Square, Pärnu, Monday night, as townsfolk looked on. Many turned to social media to express their indignation at such an undignified way to end the event.
27.03.2013, Pärnu PostimeesPM
Estonia's Reform Party has managed to stay out of IRL's troubles - SDE politician
Commenting on the results of the latest party popularity poll, deputy chair of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) group in parliament Eiki Nestor observed that there are no big differences in support for the top three Estonian parties and attributed the continued rise in the Reform Party's support to its ability to stay out of coalition partner's troubles.
SDE, Center, Reform almost draw even in March popularity poll
Estonia's ruling Reform Party almost drew even with the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Center Party in the latest popularity poll.