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
Pevkur prepared to cooperate with everyone
New head of the Reform Party Hanno Pevkur says that cooperation with the Center Party is possible if Reform has prime minister's chair.
09.01.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Pevkur would rein in backroom
The general assembly of the Reform Party is scheduled to elect a new chairman on the first Saturday of the new year. Chairman candidate Hanno Pevkur believes that his competitor Kristen Michal and some other members have played a more important role in the party than their titles would suggest. This is something that should change, Pevkur demands.
12.12.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Michal backed by Ansip and Rõivas
Two previous chairmen of the Reform Party, Andrus Ansip and Taavi Rõivas, are among members who have given their signature to support Kristen Michal's bid for the chairmanship.
09.12.2016, 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.
Taavi Rõivas: my mistake was losing watchfulness
There are people in the Reform Party who believe the new government of the Center Party, Pro Patria Res Publica Union, and the social democrats is fueled and kept together only by their shared hatred of the reformists' success, while there are also those who want to slow things down, perhaps even analyze mistakes that have been made, and prepare for the next election.
24.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Taavi Roivas was PM 974 days
As the new government led by Juri Ratas is to be sworn in on Wednesday, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas will have been in office for two years and eight months or 974 days.
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
Tax hikes in the pipeline
The general outline of the new coalition's tax policy had more or less taken shape behind closed doors by yesterday evening. It is very probable promises for the coming years will be covered with the help of new consumption taxes, and social and income tax hikes.
17.11.2016, Oliver KundPM
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.
Thorny path towards a new government
Three quiet claps that followed the successful vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas in the parliament yesterday characterize the difficult path ahead of the next potential coalition.
10.11.2016, Tuuli KochPM
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 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 VärkPM
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.
President in seven days
Exactly seven days ago today, Kersti Kaljulaid took a call from Chairman of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor. What he had to say was brief and concise: «Hello, Kersti. I'm calling you on behalf of the Riigikogu Council of Elders. We have discussed matters and concluded we need to meet with you. To propose you run for president of Estonia.»
04.10.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Survey: Center Party is still Estonia's most popular party
The Center Party and the Reform Party were Estonia's most popular parties in September, while support for the opposition Conservative People's Party (EKRE) and the Free Party is declining, results of a survey commissioned by the public broadcaster ERR and carried out by pollster Turu-uuringute AS show.
Million dollar question: Kaljurand's true substance
Marina Kaljurand, while referring to herself as a supraparty candidate, enjoys the support of old friends from the Reform Party and is beginning to gain ground among the social democrats.Marina Kaljurand, while referring to herself as a supraparty candidate, enjoys the support of old friends from the Reform Party and is beginning to gain ground among the social democrats.
14.09.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Roivas: Going before electoral college with 2 candidates not thinkable
Although the decision of the Reform Party board to support Siim Kallas as the party's presidential candidate may have caused pain to Marina Kaljurand, it was the only option for the board because the party cannot go before the electoral college with two presidential candidates, the leader of Reform, Taavi Roivas, said on Wednesday.
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.
Public figures issue appeal for nomination of Kaljurand
About 50 public figures have signed an appeal for the electoral college tasked with electing the next president of Estonia to nominate Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand as candidate for president.
Reps says is glad that electoral college will elect president
Mailis Reps, presidential candidate of the opposition Center Party, expressed her pleasure after the failure of the parliament to elect the president of Estonia for the next five years on Tuesday over the task of electing the head of state now passing to the electoral college.
Kallas: Reform must decide to back me as sole candidate
Siim Kallas, presidential candidate of the Estonian Reform Party in the Riigikogu, said after the parliament failed on its third and final attempt to elect the new president of Estonia on Tuesday that the board of the Reform Party must unambiguously throw its weight behind him in the electoral college.
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.
Kallas not planning running for second term
Reform Party presidential candidate says he had to meet Edgar Savisaar because leaving the Centre chairman out of the election process he would fail to succeed anyway.
12.08.2016, Joosep VärkPM
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.
Candidate Kallas sent by party to fry on parliamentary pan
Starting today, Riigikogu members may be reporting back from their dachas, Reform Party having picked Siim Kallas from their three options to run at Presidential elections round one.
03.08.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Siim Kallas rising as strongest presidential runner in round one
Reform founder and its honorary chairman Siim Kallas expecting to be nominated as presidential candidate has the party faced with forced option he'd run in round two.
21.07.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Port of Tallinn special audit comes with conflict of interests
Hired to audit the corruption nest at Port of Tallinn by high-ranking Reform Party cadres, in a later private court dispute law office Sorainen made a discount to one of the politicians who hired it, documents show. Partly, the reduced bill was paid by Reform Party but those involved detect no conflict of interests.
15.07.2016, Oliver KundPM
IRL pockets biggest party donations in second quarter
According to data filed to watchdog, IRL led the pack in political party donation in second quarter with €23,165, trailed by Sod Dems at €16,617 donated, Reform (€10,622), the Free (€3,135) and EKRE (€2,849). Centre Party is yet to send in the data.
12.07.2016, Karin KangroPM
Riigikogu member Martin Kukk exits politics
Former secretary-general at Reform Party and currently in team of Siim Kallas running for President, member of the Riigikogu Martin Kukk came on social media yesterday announcing his departure from both parliament and politics to plunge into private sector.
Valdo Randpere does Thailand trip for Riigikogu cost compensation
Last winter, deputy chairman of Riigikogu's Reform faction Valdo Randpere spent two and a half weeks of working time at his Thailand country home citing it as official travel and asking 50 percent of flight tickets back as costs compensation.
22.06.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
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.
Ansip not ruling out 2nd term as EU commissioner
While the European Commission vice-president for the digital single market and former Estonian prime minister, Andrus Ansip, said last week that he is not planning to run for a second term in office, he said on Friday that he is not ruling out reconsidering the decision, news portal of the public broadcaster ERR reports.
A party fixed by fun
The Centre Party council meeting this past Saturday felt like two kettles separately boiling. Thankfully, a blunder by speaker merged the camps in laughter and made waves after the session ended.
13.06.2016, Katriin TrallaPM
Who said what to Port of Tallinn investigation committee?
At Port of Tallinn, Allan Kiil and Ain Kaljurand made deals as their hearts desired. Economy ministers admit that the council manned according to political party interests was never competent enough. Mr Kiil and Mr Kaljurand held sway over council and internal audit alike.
09.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
IRL sets up Jõks, soc dems nominate Nestor
A step ahead was taken in the presidential race, yesterday. Boosted by IRL and the Free, sworn layer got his votes together to run at Riigikogu, while Soc Dems naturally rallied behind president of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor. This is but a prelude, though, for who would know the path the political talks will take.
31.05.2016, Piret LaksonPM
Leaked report points to disarray at Port of Tallinn top
After seven months of work, Port of Tallinn investigation committee at Riigikogu concludes that due to political interests the vital state enterprise has been mismanaged for years.
24.05.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Leedo: price of political support stood at €4m
At Tartu County Court this Monday, shipping businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo testified that former Port of Tallinn board member Allan Kiil (then Reform) asked him for €4m in 2014 in return for political support which would have ensured Mr Leedo the support needed to have ferryboat traffic contract extended. According to him, Mr Kiil said he would have had, regarding paying the money and getting the support, to communicate with then Port of Tallinn chairman Remo Holsmer (Reform), who «does that thing at the port».
19.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Bribe rejected in Defence League, security police notified
In Võru County district, Defence League staff member recorded offering of bribe and had recourse to security police. With merely €100 in question, why was the case investigated?
10.05.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: the golden Reform apple
This present presidential elections year in Estonia has gotten off to a rather slothful start. With three months to go till head of state ought to be elected in Riigikogu, just one name has publicly been put forth. His own, by Reform Party founder and former prime minister Siim Kallas.
Cash-starved coalition flops bad
Rebellion or avoidance at fines bill vote yesterday points at fracture at board level of Reform Party where internal opposition has set in while in-party voting isn't always very fair.
14.04.2016, Tuuli KochPM
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
Ex-minister Rein Lang takes job with software developer Nortal
Veteran Reform Party politician Rein Lang who has held different portfolios in several Estonian governments will join the team of the software developer Nortal, taking charge of the unit counseling customers on legal and policy-shaping matters concerning e-governance solutions and focusing first of all on foreign countries.
Soc Dems keep gambling on Registered Partnership Act
Inability of coalition to agree about an outwardly easy personnel issue has singled out Soc Dems as the partner proposing peculiar solutions from exiting the government to early elections.
16.12.2015, 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.
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.
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
Prime Minister threatened: revenge is not in words
Recently prohibited from departing from his residence, in the Bronze Night of 2007 Martin Kattai (31) was among the angry young men who as IRL members were mentally «ganging up» against Russians with youth organisations in other political parties.
11.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Cup of corruption running over
The latest cases of corruption on topmost political level raise the issue of how rotten is the state of Estonian political and economic elite, and how adequate are the investigative bodies to find it out.
10.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian MP Kross gets special visa to attend UN committee meeting in New York
Estonian MP Eerik-Niiles Kross, who has been barred from entering the United States, received a special visa to take part in a sitting of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York and departed for the US on Thursday.
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.
Reasons why Ms and Mr Rosimannus were spared from scrutiny
Postimees delved deep into reasons why outwardly vital criminal investigations were omitted in Autorollo bankruptcy case such as link the incident to top politicians at Reform Party.
21.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
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.
Allegation: politicians wanted millions from Leedo
«I'm sitting like in an armoured train,» Port of Tallinn deputy head Allan Kiil told an acquaintance who wondered how the daredevil dealings at harbour lead to no trouble. Enjoying the favour of Reform inner circle, Mr Kiil never imagined the train's end station might be jailhouse.
04.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Port of Tallinn politics: channeling cash
Diving into the backwaters of Port of Tallinn corruption, Postimees hit information altogether scandalous: in details, we were explained how the enterprise has for years supported at least two government parties linked to its management with bags of banknotes.
02.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Seli says «search Eesti Energia and Estonian Air too»
Neinar Seli, embattled Port of Tallinn's chairman since 2005 till last year, tells Postimees that spending by Estonian Air and Eesti Energia should also undergo scrutiny.
01.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Business minister resigns
Yesterday, Soc Dems management decided that they continue in coalition and intend to maneuver chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski into government. Also importantly, minister or entrepreneurship Urve Palo said she would step down.
31.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Marko Raid, Carri Ginter appointed directors of Port of Tallinn
The supervisory board of Port of Tallinn on Thursday granted the resignation requests of the company's board members Ain Kaljurand and Allan Kiil, who have been arrested as part of a bribery investigation, and appointed CFO Marko Raid and lawyer Carri Ginter as new members of the management board.
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.
Crimean holidays have consequences
While it is not implicitly forbidden to travel to Crimea annexed by Russia, problems must still be considered after returning from its beaches.
04.08.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
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.
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
Reform Party board gives nod to Kaljurand as Estonia's new foreign minister
The board of the ruling Reform Party on Friday backed chairman and Prime Minister Taavi Roivas' proposal to nominate career diplomat Marina Kaljurand for Estonia's next foreign minister.
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.
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
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.
Number of votes given to Reform Party leaders sign of discontent - political scientist
A comparison of the number of votes given at Sunday's election for members of the Reform Party's new governing board and the top five in particular clearly indicates party members' dissatisfaction and wish to renew the party, political scientist Tonis Saarts said.
Editorial: the shifting squirrels situation
Yesterday, Reform faced its general assembly in a peculiar condition. As the coalition got cobbled together, popularity nosedived – in April, mere 19 percent remained. For chairman, only one candidate had been set up: the Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas who has admitted to mistakes made at power talks and public communication thereof. Meanwhile, not running for chief herself, MEP Kaja Kallas actively worked at having folks in next board who could in the future be counted on.
Reform replaces half of board
At Reform Party general assembly in Tartu yesterday, Prime Minster Taavi Rõivas got re-elected as chief with 750 yes-votes from 872 participants.
25.05.2015, Andres EinmannPM
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.
Intriguing minister «somewhat humbled» by trust of the people
Kristen Michal (Reform), minister of economic affairs in the new government, says gradual lifting of fuel excise and accommodation VAT rate might be prudent. Collecting excise is effective as compared to car or asset tax, as every euro means more money where intended, and no new mechanism/staff is needed to bring it in. Excise is fairer as taxation applies to consumption.
30.04.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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
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.
Estonian parlt gives Roivas powers to form govt
The Riigikogu voted on Wednesday to give Taavi Roivas, chairman of the Reform Party, powers to form the next Estonian government.
Three Estonian parties sign coalition deal
The Reform Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) on Wednesday signed an agreement to form a coalition government to govern Estonia during the four years until next elections.
Whipping up willingness
Burning the midnight oil yesterday, Reform Party council proceeded to bless the 38 pages of power agreement for the fresh union of three (aka «hesitation coalition», «spare govt», «the hapless three»). Arguing, and hard pressed. Today, like heavy lifting awaits councils of IRL and Soc Dems.
07.04.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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
IRL to give ministerial portfolios to Reinsalu, Sester, Pomerants, Tsahkna
The ministerial portfolios given to Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) under the three-party coalition deal will go to Urmas Reinsalu, Sven Sester, Marko Pomerants and Margus Tsahkna, the party's governing board decided on Monday.
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.
7+5+5 hesitation coalition possibly emerging
Imagine the feeling of putting together a government and handing out portfolios with every party pondering a makeover in a year, latest. Tomorrow, Reform the chief talker will get its initial real life chance to have something agreed. For a moment, Good Friday cools their heads. Come Resurrection Sunday, the three may convene their councils and flash green lights to «hesitation union» to emerge.
31.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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.
Estonian parties reach agreement re administrative reform at coalition talks
The three Estonian parties engaged in coalition-building talks on Friday reached a principled agreement regarding the administrative and state reforms.
One step back, two steps forward
The power talks are on again, spurred on and coloured by the new Riigikogu convening next Monday – beginning by electing its Board. And, places at the Board of the Riigikogu have always been part of power agreements.
24.03.2015, 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.
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
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.
Estonian enterprises lose out to Baltic competitors by faulty policy
Lithuania used EU funds to launch an industrial equipment updating programme of about €1bn. Meanwhile, corresponding Estonian measures as established under previous coalition, amount to €0.
16.03.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Maris Lauri: major tax system overhaul excluded
In opening address to KPMG tax conference yesterday, finance minister Maris Lauri (Reform) said that while coalition talks were yet to agree on tax changes, cardinal changes are surely excluded.
13.03.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
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
In issues of security, unity
Reform chairman Taavi Rõivas said that they, Soc Dems, IRL and the Free stand united regarding vital importance of allied relations in NATO as well as enhancing capacity of Estonian national defence. Thus, the coalition discussions on security and defence proved harmonious.
10.03.2015, Karin KangroPM
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.
Free Party balks at playing puppet
The morning after: elections elation behind them, parties came crushing down to earth. Reform won, but who’ll go with them? Soc dems and IRL were seeking for a hole to hide in. For Free Party and EKRE, the moment of truth dawned. For starters, Centre will watch from the sidelines.
04.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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.
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.
Centre Party top popular before elections
As general elections near, Public Broadcasting/Turu-uuringute AS poll shows Centre Party as frontrunner mediates ETV’s «Aktuaalne kaamera», while Free Party and EKRE look set to break into parliament – both supported by six percent of respondents.
Coalition tension in top gear
The parties in power, rather equal by starting positions ahead of elections as shown in latest Emor poll, are picking a fight: Reform Party is accusing soc dems in Russia-mindedness, the latter smell in squirrels a thirst for revenge.
03.02.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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
Likable, as a lady not liked by all
Fulfilling a long-cherished dream, on April 1st last year, Maire Aunaste had a go at a monologue type play «Jaded but made-up» at Võru Kannel community house stage – to have a good laugh at her very self, mostly.
02.02.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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 toothless and the slow
In run-up to elections, this is what the parties have detected to be wrong with Estonian health care system: dentists out of reach, and poor knowledge on matters of physical fitness. Unanimously, all see the easily accessible alcohol as a culprit, and election promises let us know this is no way to go.
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.
Russian speakers swap party loyalty in North-East while tough in Tallinn
As evidenced by fresh Postimees/TNS Emor popularity poll, Centre Party support among non-Estonians has sunk from 80 to 70 percent. To a degree, soc dems (SDE) do compete. From former near zero, IRL and Reform Party have attained to a few percent of Russian speakers favour.
23.01.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
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
Jevgenia Värä: instincts, words and deeds
Stubbornly, consensus in Estonia regarding integration remains elusive. As observed by Jevgenia Värä, editor-in-chief for Postimees in Russian: in some issues, it is still easier for parties to only speak Estonian or Russian.
21.01.2015, Jevgenia VäräPM
Coalition-to-be vows Defence League will swim in money
Whatever the coalition after the elections, next four years for security seem to be as good as set in stone. In national defence, the parties are unanimous regarding Defence League’s preferred development; in public defence, they stand as one to raise wages for policemen and rescuers.
21.01.2015, Oliver KundPM
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
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
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
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
Fresh foreign minister casts Rõivas as long term top squirrel
After two weeks as foreign minister, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform Party) promises to keep reminding her Western colleagues about the security police officer Eston Kohver case and hopes the Estonian ship guards held in India will be back home pretty soon.
03.12.2014, Tuuli KochPM
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
Top lethargic Riigikogu deputy discovered
Naturally, the dear reader knows next to nothing about Aare Heinvee – he is the most sluggish of all in Estonian parliament. Vividly, Mr Heinvee’s case serves to show how little attendance of sessions really means. Namely, Mr Heinvee is an ardent sessions attendee, second only to Rein Aidma.
01.12.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Big parties would bring taxes down
For years, the pre-elections political rhetoric has been don’t play with taxes. This time, all parties are throwing proposals more or less radical.
21.11.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
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.
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.
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.
Party whip wins – portfolios passed to insiders
Oh the uproar and upset in Reform Party ranks if again «immigrants» had come before «cadre»! This, the presently popular prime minister Taavi Rõvas was not about to risk.
06.11.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Reform Party picks Pentus-Rosimannus for Estonia's next foreign minister
The board of Estonia's ruling Reform Party decided on Wednesday to name Environment Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus for foreign minister and head of the parliamentary National Defense Committee Mati Raidma for environment minister.
IRL's Kross, Alender defect to Reform Party
High profile politicians of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) Eerik-Niiles Kross and Yoko Alender are leaving IRL to join the Reform Party.
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 ReimerPM
PM to forward finmin's resignation to president next Monday
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas is to forward the resignation of Finance Minister Jurgen Ligi to President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at the beginning of next week.
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.
Jürgen Ligi: offence as political commodity
Freshly resigned finance minister Jürgen Ligi (Reform Party) admits he opted for a careless way to address carefulness, for which he also apologised. Regrettably, the reaction is more revealing regarding attitudes in the education minister – instead of objective and historic facts, playing on national offence and rejection as also on omissions of former governments.
27.10.2014, Jürgen LigiPM
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
Gay bill opposer ousted from party
On his Facebook wall, Silver Kuusik – Centre Party member of 10 years’ standing – expressed displeasure with four (former) comrades-at-party for voting for the narrowly passed same sex partnership act.
16.10.2014, 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
Kruuse: we’re on the right path
Urmas Kruuse blames soc dems and IRL for giving working capacity reform discussions political twist.
16.06.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Disorder ordered in public order?
July 1st. New law allows for polite binging and protects people by silent hours starting 60 minutes sooner.
16.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
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: 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.
Reform rush results in governmental quarrel
Two weeks ago, social ministry priced assessment of work capacity at €250 per person. Now, it’s €50 and €100.
10.06.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Maritime reforms run aground
In 1993, close to 70 cargo ships sailed under Estonian flag. Since April, the number is zero. In cooperation with economy ministry, maritime council (Merendusnõukoda) has worked for reforms for years. They have come up with a 94-page base document, and its application plan. By some, tax policy by Reform Party is seen as headwind.
09.06.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
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
Politicians ordered to pay for banned election ads
Committee for monitoring political parties’ financing has prescribed that mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar, deputy mayor Arvo Sarapuu, Northern Tallinn district elder Karin Tammemäe and her deputy Priit Kutser, Jaanus Mutli employed at Tallinn business department (all politicians hereunto mentioned belonging to Centre Party) and former Tartu mayor and now health/labour minister Urmas Kruuse (Reform Party) return costs of election ads – originally labelled as information campaign – related to local elections in 2013.
Elections watch: campaigns short of substance
EU elections watchmen say the main breach of good practice was emptiness and brinkmanship of campaigns – especially so by single candidate Indrek Tarand, IRL, and Reform Party.
The same cool* EU coterie?
Pursuant to poll ordered by Postimees, European Parliament elections spell success to Indrek Tarand and Centre Party.
21.05.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Fresh Prime Minister makes 43 percent of hearts merry
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, in office almost two months, has earned the support of nearly 40 percent of the nation.
19.05.2014, 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: partner change a boost to Reform Party
Fresh Emor poll says popularity of Reform Party has grown to 29 percent – should Riigikogu elections happen tomorrow, that’s how many would vote for the senior coalition partner. The last time squirrels were so well liked was 1.5 years ago, in October-November of 2012. By 27 percent, soc dems come second at basically same level as last month.
Ministry initiates bill of steep excise rise
Yesterday, Ministry of Finance came out with draft legislation on amending Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act and Fiscal Marking of Liquid Fuel Act whereby several excises will undergo a rise much more pronounced than currently planned, in years to come.
Sven Mikser says coalition will live long
Social Democratic Party chairman and defence minister Sven Mikser (40) hopes soc dems and Reform Party will again form government in 2015. One led by him.
04.04.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Sitting on two chairs, again
Unlike his predecessor Allar Jõks the current Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder cannot be expected to stand, in principle, against Riigikogu members taking a seat at local councils.
03.04.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Mammoths make for Elections of the Ages
With both Andrus Ansip and Edgar Savisaar stepping into the ring at EU elections, pan-Estonian popularity of the two is set for a historic first showdown.
02.04.2014, Tuuli KochPM
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.
Editorial: the government – big promises, bleak premises
To do its job, the new government has less than a year. Let’s face it: first, they have to get accustomed to being government; then, the Riigikogu goes on summer holiday. And then it is elections campaign time. So: no great outlook for essential work. Add the obvious instability of the international situation, likely leading to economic consequences, we have identified another hurdle for the govt of Taavi Rõivas.
Government calling Mayor of Tartu
As admitted to Tartu Postimees by mayor of said city Urmas Kruuse (Reform Party), he has been proposed to assume post of health/labour minister in coalition under construction.
21.03.2014, Jaan OlmaruPM
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.
Aims abundant, time short
Power treaty of Reform Party and Soc Dems (SDE) amounts to some 3,700 words – three times less than text tying squirrels to dropped coalition partner IRL.
21.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Reform/SDE coalition treaty gets signatures
Today, in the White Hall if Toompea Castle, Reform Party and Social Democratic Party (SDE) coalition agreement was signed by chairmen of said parties, prime ministerial candidate Taavi Rõivas and Sven Mikser, respectively.
20.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Chancellor of Justice seeks stripping three parliamentarians from immunity
Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder today proposed that Riigikogu waive immunity of Centre Party parliamentarians Lauri Laasi and Priit Toobal for the bringing of charges, and of Urbo Vaarmann in order to continue with judicial proceedings.
20.03.2014, Karin KangroPM
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.
Portfolio innovation spawns a socio-financial government
New ministerial positions needed to point towards definite problems, says coalition-to-be.
18.03.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Negotiators dividing the money
In all likelihood, Reform/Soc Dems coalition treaty gets signatures this Thursday before Board of the Riigikogu elections
17.03.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Soloist Siim sends squirrels towards dead end
Reform Party honours pragmatism (power puts coat on back and bread on table!) and therefore values loyalty. In the almost-20-year-history of the squirrels-party, there’s been just one moment when the inner life showed out a bit – in the spring of 2012, with the financing scandal exploding through Silver Meikar. A backroom-man of the party, the then justice minister Kristen Michal, after resisting for half a year lost his portfolio and shrunk to mere Riigikogu backbencher.
14.03.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
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
Another squirrel seeking majority with soc dems
Yesterday afternoon, President Ilves had to shift into top gear to solve governmental crisis, finding himself on a situation where presumed next prime minister had left the arena, and mere six days left to appoint creator of new coalition – instead of two weeks.
13.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
IRL robs soc dems of benefit boost glory
Bill presented by soc dems regarding raising benefits of first and second child, warmed up by IRL, may undergo final voting at Riigikogu as soon as next week.
11.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Soc dems first to see President
This weekend, Reform Party and Social Democratic Party held talks to find common grounds. No agreement, as yet.
10.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Rail Baltic at risk after utterance by Kallas
A Rail Baltic expert meeting this week to arrange shareholder agreement for joint Baltic railway company fell apart. Namely, as announced by representatives of Lithuania, they lacked powers to discuss proposals by Latvia and Estonia seeing premier-to-be Siim Kallas told Reform Party general assembly a referendum might be held regarding the project.
07.03.2014, Andres ReimerPM
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
Editorial: Mine stuck under Prime Ministerial chair of Mr Kallas
The alleged letters of guarantee for $100m by Eesti Pank during Siim Kallas era, trigger mixed feelings. On the one hand, the entire period could be regarded a «fledgling state and its high-flying youthful leaders» kind of a time. Thus, looking back with the wisdom garnered over the years, one might do the ironic smirk.
Kallas: the timing no accident
This Tuesday, the day Prime Minister Andrus Ansip stepped down, Eesti Päevaleht published copies of documents bearing signature of Siim Kallas, on the basis of which it may be asked why he promised a hundred million dollar bank guarantee to businessmen of mixed background. Meanwhile, Reform Party was already busy investigating who stuck such compromising papers into media.
06.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
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.
Party Assembly, coloured by crisis and surprise-free
As underlined by every speech at Reform Party general assembly, the aim is one – winning the 2015 elections
03.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Reform Party playing slow chess
Reform Party chairman Andrus Ansip claims the party is only starting to discuss his successor, despite leaked letter by Siim Kallas wherein the latter seeks support for prime ministerial ambitions.
13.02.2014, Argo IdeonPM
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
Want to win? Hunger for power
Kaja Kallas (Reform Party) is running for European Parliament and says she wants to stand for an entrepreneurial Europe.
10.02.2014, Mikk SaluPM
Ansip may head party till elections
Even if Reform Party nominates new prime minister candidate prior to Riigikogu elections of March 1st 2015, party chairman may not change.
06.01.2014, Tuuli KochPM
No crime reports filed in connection with Reform Party voting fraud
No identity theft reports were filed in the wake of the scandal over vote manipulation in internal elections of Estonia's Reform Party at which votes were cast in the name of elderly members of the party who actually did not participate in the vote.
Seppik – social liberal, not a bona fide one
Hereby, Ain Seppik, a Central Party member until last spring, stands in the ranks of Reform Party. According to the one-time interior minister, the motive mostly being his desire to have a say in the Estonian life – something he thinks cannot be done alone.
28.06.2013, Tuuli KochPM
Two high-profile former Centrists join Reform Party
Two high-profile former members of Estonia's Center Party, Ain Seppik and Toomas Varek, have joined the Reform Party and will be running in the fall local polls.
Estonian Reform Party task force: Only Ojuland gave vote-rigging orders
A work group formed by Estonia's Reform Party to look into suspected violations in last month's internal leadership elections on Saturday presented to the party's policy-making council its report from which it appears that vote-rigging was ordered only by MEP Kristiina Ojuland or her staff.
Estonian Reform Party council: No repeat of internal election
The policy-making council of the Estonian Reform Party decided at its Saturday meeting against a repeat of internal leadership election while agreeing that the internal voting system needs an overhaul so as to raise its security level.
County governor implicated in vote rigging scandal quits Reform Party
Einar Vallbaum, governor of Estonia's West-Viru County who was implicated in the Reform Party's vote rigging scandal, announced on Friday he was leaving the party.
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.
Ansip not to run in case of new Reform Party leadership election
The leader of Estonia's Reform Party, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, said on Thursday that if the party's policy-making council decides on Saturday to convene a new congress and hold new election of the governing board he will not be running for chairmanship again.
Hannes Astok: the gloom of a cake gone bad
Liberal world view is no licence to counterfeit, cheat and steal – not the cake, nor the plate, nor votes, writes Reform Party member Hannes Astok.
12.06.2013, Hannes Astok, e-state expert (Reform Party)PM
Mart Laar: IRL should consider quitting coalition government
Former IRL chairman Mart Laar has sent fellow party-members a letter advising IRL, in the light of the Reform Party scandal, to consider creating a new governing coalition. Read the letter underneath, unedited by Postimees:
Reform Party work group detects 24 cases of vote rigging in Viljandi County
It has been established that 24 breaches were committed in the Reform Party internal elections in Viljandi County, said MP Vaino Linde who heads the work group investigating vote rigging in the ruling party's recent internal polls.
3rd Reform Party development manager admits vote fraud
The development manager of the Reform Party's Võru region has become the third regional development chief to admit vote manipulation in the party's internal voting, the daily Postimees said.
Votes given in Reform Party polls 'thoroughly checked' - Estonian PM
Following the revelations of vote-rigging in its internal elections the Estonian Reform Party has conducted thorough checks of the votes cast in the party polls, chairman of Reform and prime minister of Estonia Andrus Ansip said on Friday.
Estonian president: Scandal in Reform Party beyond tolerable
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who summoned the leaders of Estonia's parliamentary parties to his Kadriorg office Friday in the wake of the scandal related to e-vote rigging in Reform Party's internal elections, said that the latest scandal went beyond the limits of tolerable.
Board of Estonia's Reform Party decides to expel Ojuland
The governing board of Estonia's Reform Party decided to expel MEP Kristiina Ojuland over voting fraud accusations and development director of the West-Viru regional organization Taimi Samblik who admitted to vote-rigging quit the party on Wednesday.
Estonian Reform Party's court of honor proposes to expel Ojuland, Samblik
The court of honor of Estonia's Reform Party is proposing to the party's governing board to throw MEP Kristiina Ojuland and regional development director Taimi Samblik out of the party over the e-voting scandal.
Estonian president summons parlt parties' chairs for consultations
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has summoned chairs of parliamentary parties to his Kadriorg residence on Friday to discuss the domestic policy situation in Estonia.
Top squirrels rattled by civil war
Kristiina Ojuland is fighting for her life… the political one, at least. As repeatedly confirmed by her, yesterday: «Andrus Ansip in attempting at my political execution.»
04.06.2013, Mikk Salu, PostimeesPM
Estonian Reform Party chair: Ojuland paid party dues for people whose identity she stole
Chairman of Estonia's Reform Party, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip says MEP Kristiina Ojuland who heads the party's West-Viru regional organization paid party membership dues of the people whose identity she stole to vote in internal leadership elections.
MEP Kristiina Ojuland does not rule out running for Reform Party chairmanship
MEP Kristiina Ojuland, member of the governing board of the Estonian Reform Party who has emerged as the central figure in the scandal over alleged vote manipulation in Reform's internal leadership election announced on Monday she intends to initiate convocation of a new party convention and does not rule out running for chairmanship at it.
Ojuland says Reform's voting system can be manipulated
MEP Kristiina Ojuland, member of the governing board of the Estonian Reform Party who has emerged as the central figure in the scandal over alleged vote manipulation in Reform's internal voting, on Monday described the Reform Party's internal voting system as built up in such way that it can be manipulated.
PM says car tax not acceptable for Estonia
Imposing a car tax is not acceptable for Estonia, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said on a broadcast of the ERR public radio on Friday.
Estonian Reform Party chair: Vote manipulator has come clean
The chairman of the Estonian Reform Party, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, said in a radio appearance on Friday that the identity of the person who manipulated the results of the party's internal election is known to the party.
Estonian MEP denies involvement in Reform Party voting fraud
MEP Kristiina Ojuland has denied involvement in voting fraud after finding herself at the center of the scandal in the wake of allegations that e-votes were cast in the Reform Party's internal leadership elections in the name of elderly members of the party without their knowledge.
Estonian Reform Party to look into alleged voting fraud in internal elections
The Estonian Reform Party believes that voting fraud in its leadership elections in 2011 and last week revealed by the weekly Eesti Ekspress was limited to the West-Viru region.
Kaja Kallas: No support for ethics code in Estonian Reform Party board
The quest to set out an ethics code for members of the Estonian parliament has no support in the board of the Reform Party, Kaja Kallas, one of the champions of the ethics code, told Postimees.
Reform re-elects Ansip as chairman
Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, who has stood at the helm of the Reform Party since 2004, was re-elected as chairman of the party at the convention of the Reform Party in this southern city on Saturday.
Ansip stresses need to boost economic growth
In his speech at the convention of the Reform Party in this southern city on Saturday, the party's chairman and Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip emphasized the importance of speeding up economic growth and described it as the only way to raise overall wealth.
Reform's Ligi says SDE lied about campaign budget
Estonian finance minister and senior Reform Party policymaker Jürgen Ligi has accused the Estonian media of using double standards and turning a blind eye when a discrepancy is revealed between the declared campaign costs and the size of the pre-election campaign of left-wing parties, and said that the general election campaign budget disclosed by the Social Democrats was clearly a lie.
Kaja Kallas runs for board of Estonian Reform Party
MP Kaja Kallas has announced her candidacy for the governing board of the Reform Party on a platform of transforming the party into an open organization where the bases and processes of decision-making would be understandable to members of the party and the general public alike.
Ansip sole nominee for Estonian Reform Party chairman
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip who has chaired Estonia's ruling Reform Party since 2004 is the sole contender for the top job at the congress to be held at the end of this month as members of the party have not nominated other candidates for the position, Postimees says.
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.
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.
Squirrels come to supermarkets as reform party takes 'American' approach
Eager to ditch its perceived image as out of touch and keep poll numbers from dropping further, the Reform Party is taking its message to supermarkets in a quest for 50,000 non-member supporters by 2015, ERR News reported.
Reform Party defends companies’ income tax exemption
In spite of optimism within prime minister’s Reform Party, a growing number of people think it’s time Estonia review its tax system.
05.02.2013, Andrus KarnauPM
Ansip to take another stab at Estonian Reform Party leadership in summer
The chairman of Estonia's ruling Reform Party, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip stated at Friday's meeting of the party's policy-making council that he will keep his promise to lead the party until the end of the present Cabinet's term of office.
Analyst Says Reform Party Embattled With Stream of Bad News
Emor poll analyst Aivar Voog said the Reform Party's declining support in recent months has been the result of a steady stream of negative media attention.