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
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
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
Initiatives need to be implemented soon
The prime minister's economic development working group, headed by Erkki Raasuke, presented its report to the public and the incoming coalition yesterday. The working group was paradoxically called to life by outgoing Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, while the fruits of its labor will now benefit his three biggest competitors.
11.11.2016, Joosep VärkPM
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
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
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
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
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.
Estonian president appoints Ossinovski, Hanso, Oviir ministers
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Monday appointed Social Democrats Jevgeni Ossinovski, Hannes Hanso and Liisa Oviir to the positions of minister of health and labor, defense, and entrepreneurship, respectively.
Soc Dems to seat Ossinovski, Hanso and Liisa Oviir in government
On Saturday, board of Social Democrats nominated Liisa Oviiri, Hannes Hanso and party chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski as candidates for business, defence and health/labour ministers respectively.
Palo ponders leaving politics
Having announced resignation from entrepreneurship minister's post this Sunday, Urve Palo (Soc Dems) says she is considering leaving politics altogether and will decide within days.
01.09.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Bribe clouds hover over Oleg Ossinovski
Engulfed in Latvian corruption scandal, Estonia's richest entrepreneur in charge of an international railway business Oleg Ossinovski has unavoidably affected the political career of his son and Soc Dems chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski.
11.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
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
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
Soc dems pondered Ossinovski for prime minister
A month ago, soc dem inboxes had a proposal drop by: why not replace the current party chief Sven Mikser by Jevgeni Ossinovski as prime ministerial candidate.
18.11.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Govt counts money for public pay rise
A testing stone for the coalition, at its initial joint talks about next year budget today, will be allocation of public servant wage rises.
02.09.2014, 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).
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
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.
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
Editorial: the Social Democratic Groundhog Day
Again, a new day dawning. Again, hopes arise of opportunities ahead. Again and again, Estonia’s soc dems find themselves facing options none of which they’d like to swallow. Try as you may, stand on your ears – as the sun comes up, same old same old comes around like with the TV guy played by Bill Murray, in the 1993 Hollywood comedy Groundhog Day.
Soc dem top «not imagining» deal with Centre Party
Inner options of Reform Party do inject tensions into daily life of other parties. Eiki Nestor, vice chairman of the soc dems faction in Riigikogu, tells us to be patient while waiting for fresh power coalition, not keen to criticise a possible partner.
21.02.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Ossinovsky: talk of Russian voter feelings for Savisaar hogwash
Yevgeni Ossinovsky (27), the soc dem Riigikogu member gaining greatest personal popularity in Narva, at local elections, says most Russian-speaking voters in Tallinn have no deep feelings towards Centre Party or Edgar Savisaar.
23.10.2013, Karin KangroPM
Soc dems find forgotten €42,000 ad bill
Following query by Riigikogu’s committee for monitoring party financing, Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) stuck a €42,000 advertisements costs invoice into 2011 declaration.
26.08.2013, Heidi OjamaaPM
Editorial: kicking down another open door
This year, party get-togethers and the resulting political declarations have basked in abundant limelight, with even smaller non-parliamentary groups getting their share. The reason being simple: it is local elections time, in October. And therefore, people are more into politics. So: is there anything fresh, ideas and solutions offered for the advancement for the state? Anything worth debating?