Seeder to look for IRL voters
By the time Helir-Valdor Seeder was declared the new chairman of the Pro Patria Res Publica Union (IRL) after securing 322 votes at this Saturday's general assembly, the hall of the Tallinn University of Technology had largely emptied.
15.05.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
We broke the Reform Party's hegemony
Chairman of the Pro Patria Res Publica Union (IRL), Minister of Defense Margus Tsahkna hopes to remain a member of the government, wishes IRL's new chairman luck, and considers the current government and successful presidential elections his personal achievements.
12.05.2017, Tuuli KochPM
Iva to run for IRL chairman
Deputy chairman of the Pro Patria Res Publica Union (IRL), Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva announced that she will be running for chairman at the party's managing committee and Riigikogu faction joint sitting yesterday evening.
13.04.2017, Karin KangroPM
Tsahkna looking at vote of no confidence after ploy
Chairman of the Pro Patria Res Publica Union (IRL) Margus Tsahkna admitted being served a setback after the Res Publica-controlled managing committee of the party voted in favor of holding in-house elections before changing the party's articles of association at a meeting yesterday.
04.04.2017, Tuuli KochPM
Mihkelson could reinvent IRL
Should IRL chairman Margus Tsahkna prove successful in changing the party's statutes and reducing the influence of the Res Publica camp, his supporter Mihkelson could become its new leader.
23.03.2017, Tuuli KochPM
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
Change of course might have been result of lobbying
The idea to abruptly hike the third child benefit to curb population decrease appeared in the Reform Party's program virtually overnight in December of 2014. Some politicians now admit they knew the decision might bring a donation.
11.01.2017, Oliver KundPM
Businessmen make huge donation in exchange for decisions
A precedent was born in Estonian party financing immediately before the new year when eight businessmen donated a total of €800,000 to political parties. The donors say the money comes as thanks for long-awaited decisions in addressing the country's low birthrate.
10.01.2017, Oliver KundPM
Offer that couldn't be refused
Even though the position of social protection minister came at an inconvenient time for Kaia Iva, she felt it would no be right to turn it down, and she will have to accept the title of the Pro Patria Res Publica Union's (IRL) first female minister.*
02.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
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
Future government plans wide-ranging tax reform
The new government plans to introduce an €315 million investment program, privatize, either in part or in full, four state-owned companies, lay down a banking tax, abolish income tax incentives on loan interests etc. Grand redistribution of taxes is also in the pipeline that will see minimum income exempt from tax raised from the current 170 euros a month to 500 euros from 2018.
18.11.2016, Tõnis OjaPM
Coalition agreement progress one day at a time
Estonia's possible new triumvirate government hopes to sign the coalition agreement, talks on which kicked off with security topics the day before yesterday, by the end of next week. Yesterday saw the parties move on to tax and economic questions, which are also on the agenda for today. The hopeful coalition will work through Saturday to take a day of rest before the new week on Sunday.
11.11.2016, Karin KangroPM
Estonian Reform Party's membership catching up with Center Party's
Estonia's ruling Reform Party has accepted 1,982 new members since the beginning of the year and with a total membership of more than 13,400 is catching up with the opposition Center Party.
No big changes in Estonian parties' popularity - SDE politician
There were no big changes in Estonian political parties' popularity in February, head of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) group in parliament Eiki Nestor said in a comment on fresh poll results.
IRL: Long-term dynamics more important than monthly approval ratings
Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), junior partner in Estonia's two-party governing coalition, says that long-term dynamics of support is more important than parties' monthly approval ratings and attributes the rise in its popularity to keeping its promises.
Estonia's Reform Party not to make far-reaching conclusions from poll results
The secretary general of the Reform Party, senior partner in Estonia's governing coalition, said it is not worthwhile to make far-reaching conclusions from parties' popularity figures.
Centrist MP: Support for govt below critical level
The newly-released ratings of Estonian political parties show that support for the government is below the critical level, head of the opposition Center Party's parliamentary group Kadri Simson says.
Reform Party gains a few points in monthly
The governing Reform Party has managed to recoup some of the sharp losses in popularity it suffered in the past few months, as revealed by the latest poll conducted for ERR by TNS Emor, reported ERR News.
Reform's regional chief calls on Tallinn opposition parties to join forces
Valdo Randpere, head of the Tallinn chapter of the Reform Party, has called on parties that form the opposition in the council of the capital city to work together during the run-up to this fall's local elections to offer voters a clear alternative to the Center Party.
Estonian Reform Party: results of poll do not reflect real life
The Estonian Reform Party finds that the results of the recent poll carried out by TNS Emor do not reflect real life and people should not overestimate them.
Simson sees free public transport behind Center Party popularity rating
Kadri Simson, chairwoman of the parliament's Center Party faction, finds that the rise in the Center Party to the most popular party in Estonia was the fatigue of the present coalition and the free public transport that was launched in Tallinn.
Center Party Leads January's Popularity Poll
The popularity of the nation's opposition parties was soaring in January, with the Center Party rising to the top and the Social Democrats in a close second, according to a TNS Emor poll commissioned by ERR.