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.
Center, IRL, SDE: Estonia needs fresh ideas
Estonia's Center Party, Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) said on Wednesday evening after launching coalition consultations that the new government plans to be open to and consider everybody's good ideas.
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.
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.
Social Democrats to support Kaljurand in electoral college
The Social Democratic Party (SDE) on Monday evening decided not to submit the candidacy of Eiki Nestor in the electoral college round of the presidential election, and although the board did not make a binding decision, the party is to support the candidacy of Marina Kaljurand.
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.
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.
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.
Minister Urve Palo asked favour for Oleg Ossinovski
This letter of request has not been officially entered into economy ministry register. Having still seen it, one will feel like asking: why did the Soc Dem minister Urve Palo this summer send her Lithuanian colleague a letter in hopes to cancel or at least cut a €2.5m claim against an enterprise of Oleg Ossinovski, major donor to Soc Dems and father of its chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski?
28.10.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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.
Editorial: the past and the bickering
Understandably, the Soc Dems are moving into a governing position their new chief Jevgeni Ossinovski. For one, that's a surer way to see the coalition treaty is honoured. On the other, hand, why send defence minister and party's former chairman Sven Mikser into Riigikogu?
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.
SDE sends proposals re coalition agreement to partners
The board of the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) on Tuesday evening formally sent to its coalition partners Reform Party and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) proposals for making changes to the coalition agreement.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
SDE, Center top Estonian party ratings in May
The most popular parties among Estonian voters in May were the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Center Party, a poll conducted by Emor for the public broadcasting company ERR indicates.
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.
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.
Savisaar says Center, SDE have common adversary
The common adversary of the Center Party and the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) is extreme rightism, for the overpowering of which it's still not too late, leader of the Center Party Edgar Savisaar said in his speech at a meeting of Center's extended board on Saturday.
Centrists in Estonia's Narva looking for SDE agent in own ranks
Elections of the board of the Estonian Center Party's Narva chapter on Wednesday failed because of spoiled ballots and Centrists suspect the person behind it of ties with the Social Democratic Party (SDE), the regional newspaper Pohjarannik says.
Soc Dems send top gun to take Narva
In all likelihood, the Social Democratic Party will, this evening, appoint its vice chairman and parliament member Yevgeni Ossinovsky (26) to run for Mayor in Narva.
04.02.2013, Tuuli Koch