Center loses home base support
Tallinn's ruling Center Party has lost four points in the capital despite holding on to a comfortable lead. Reform Party and Conservative People's Party (EKRE) are gaining momentum before the local elections.
25.04.2017, Tuuli KochPM
IRL's support falls below election threshold of 5 pct
The support of Estonia's Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), a member of the government coalition, in April fell below the election threshold of 5 percent, results of a survey commissioned by BNS and the daily Postimees and carried out by pollster Kantar Emor show.
Afganistanis sai surma USA sõjaväelane
Afganistanis sai laupäeval surma USA sõjaväelane, kes osales sunniitliku äärmusrühmituse Islamiriik vastu korraldatud operatsioonis, teatas Ühendriikide armee.
Afganistanis sai USA õhulöögis surma Al-Qaeda juhtivliige
Afganistanis sai varem sel kuul USA õhulöögis surma terrorivõrgustiku Al-Qaeda juhtivliige Qari Yasin, teatasid laupäeval Ühendriikide kaitseametnikud.
European network calling on Estonia to guarantee sufficient funding for women's shelters
The non-profit organization Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) sent an address to the Estonian authorities to draw attention to the problem of funding women's shelters in Estonia and to call on guaranteeing a necessary budget for their work to be able to continue.
Afganistani sõjaväes on kaotusi suurendanud juhtimisvead
Lihtsad juhtimisvead Afganistani politsei- ja sõjaväeüksustes on viinud inimkaotused enneolematult kõrgele tasemele, hoiatas pühapäeval Afganistanis viibivate USA ja NATO vägede komandör.
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.
Poll: Kaljurand has narrow lead over Kallas in Estonia's electoral college
A fresh survey of electors carried out by Estonia's public broadcaster ERR shows that in the electoral college of the presidential election Marina Kaljurand has a narrow lead over Siim Kallas.
Finance minister seeking sponsorship austerity
Could state enterprises keep on handing out sponsorship cash as before? Should the practice be cancelled, or rules applied to it? In questions like these, deep debates are in store at government this fall.
29.07.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Poll: Reform Party becomes Estonia's most popular party in April
The Reform Party became Estonia's most popular party in April as according to a fresh poll taken by TNS Emor for BNS it would get 23 percent of the vote if elections were held tomorrow.
Farming crisis paving way for milk from Poland
Farmers do not think current governmental measures suffice to crawl out of the crisis engulfing milk and pork industry these past few years. Rather, they foresee invasion of imports.
12.04.2016, Siiri LiivaPM
Every third offender a drug addict
A study conducted among offenders revealed that about third of them are struggling with drug addiction. Though Estonia features options for treatment and rehabilitation, effectiveness of measures applied has actually not been assessed.
09.03.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Private detectives behold business boom on horizon
There are no private detectives in Estonia, as if. Even so, the third attempt to regulate the market as prescribed by coalition treaty has created quite a stir. Some smell the hairy hand of major security companies and vested business interests. Others hope the work will get the more exciting.
09.03.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Alimony avoiders hereby under pressure
Starting today, courts are authorized to take driving licence from individuals failing to pay alimony or suspend hunting, weapons and fishing permits.
Elderly stuck in wards with mentally ill and dangerous
Due to lapses in Estonian law, demented elderly and alcoholics find themselves sharing wards with aggressive and dangerous schizophrenics and the like.
01.03.2016, Martin LainePM
The state to pay child support instead of evasive parent
Yesterday, social protection minister Margus Tsahkna (IRL) signed family benefit draft act pursuant to which the state shall support a child and teh parent raising it while subsistence support is debated in court as well as when court procedure is concluded and bailiff is trying to get the money from the evader.
16.02.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
EKRE speeds to snap at Soc Dem and Free heels
Compared with last year's end, Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) has gained in popularity and risen to nearly equal Soc Dems and the Free Party level.
08.02.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: pay the alimony or else…
For years on end we have been talking about the thousands of men and women failing to support their children. Meanwhile, even the people well of yet opting to let their children go without got off the hook easy.
Tough times descending upon deadbeat parents
When March comes around, Estonian law turns to be among the severest in Europe towards those avoiding payment of child support. The state hopes for a success story while bailiffs are skeptical. Hardened debtors threaten to leave the country if the pressure rises, there to then dwell as alimony refugees.
05.02.2016, Oliver KundPM
Shelters for women faced with serious court dispute
Tartu Women's Shelter in Tähtvere which saw its financial support from social ministry shrink is intent on contesting the procurement in court. As assessed by Estonian Women`s Shelters Union, this would spell closure of support centres in 12 counties.
01.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Coaches see salaries soar... by entire euro!
In the fall, culture minister Indrek Saar said the children and youth coaches getting state support to salaries would see the fund thereof boosted by ten percent. Afterwards, it rose to 13.5 percent. Oh the joy in coaches as, with the small wages, every euro helps.
27.01.2016, Peep Pahv
Meedia: Afganistanis toimus plahvatus Saksa kindrali konvoi lähistel
Afganistanis Kabuli lennujaama lähistel õhkis enesetaputerrorist end esmaspäeval Saksa brigaadikindral Michael Podzusi vedanud autokonvoi lähisel, kaks sõdurit sai kergelt haavata, kirjutas Saksa meediaväljaanne Spiegel Online.
Euroscepticism up a bit
As evidenced in poll ordered by Government Office, for the first time since 2011 the satisfaction of Estonians with belonging to the European Union has shrunk.
29.12.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Estonians wish for non-party affiliated president - analyst
Estonians wish for a president without a party background to succeed Toomas Hendrik Ilves, political scientist at Tallinn University Tonis Saarts says.
Emotions the string pulling Estonians back home again
Estonians dwelling abroad think Compatriots Programme benefits to be vital when teaching their kids the native tongue and culture – the cord to Estonia that serves to bring people back in later years as shown by impact assessment.
18.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
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.
Minister: Estonia is ready to help France
Commenting on a request by France for help with its military operations abroad and support in its fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Estonia's Defense Minister Hannes Hanso said Estonia is ready to support France.
33 months and €850,000 for parties at power
Two weeks ago, up popped this issue at parties' financing watchdog: what would be even a slightly rational reason for entrepreneur Hillar Teder, one under suspicion in Edgar Savisaar bribe scandal, to have so generously supported the three coalition parties these three years?
15.10.2015, Tuuli KochPM
State budget zeroes in on security and social benefits
At the press conference presenting state budget, coalition partners stressed the extraordinary constructiveness and peace prevailing at talks – the debates must have been exhausted after springtime treaty negotiations and review thereof in summer.
29.09.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Estonian president: State already too thin in internal security
The state has been allowed to become already too thin when it comes to internal security, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said on Wednesday.
Minister vows aid to swine farmers damaged by African fever
Rural life minister Urmas Kruuse (Reform) says EU and Estonia will support pig farmers unable to sell pork being part of third restriction area related to African swine fever, but only when price thereof falls by over 30 percent.
24.07.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Estonia sends weapons, ammunition to Iraq's armed forces
Under a decision of the government, Estonia last week sent weapons and ammunition to the armed forces of Iraq to support the country's fight against the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).
Estonia planning to pay support to old age pensioners living alone
Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs is planning to start paying old age pensioners who live alone additional support of 115 euros per year.
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.
Editorial: no pay, no say
Today’s Postimees provides an overview regarding money coming to political parties during first three months of the year – as membership fees and donations, as well as drawn from state coffers. Glaringly, percentage of membership fees continues as pittance of sum total.
Parties living on state support while members forget fees
Judging by membership fees, political parties – eager to have the masses believe in their goodness and superiority – have miserably failed among own ranks.
15.04.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Estonia to give EUR 200,000 to aid internal refugees in Ukraine
Estonia is to support with 200,000 euros relieving the situation of Ukraine's internal refugees through the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNICEF.
US to station tank platoon in Estonia
A U.S. tank platoon armed with Abrams tanks and two airborne platoons of the U.S. Army are scheduled to arrive at the Tapa base in northeastern Estonia at the end of this week to take part in a training exercise with the Estonian defense forces.
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.
Editorial: strategic cooperation or tactical spending spree?
While a relatively successful user of EU support, Estonia does have stuff to think over regarding the new budget period. In our near-term investments, EU euros play a vital role. Therefore, should we use these unwisely or splash out stupidly, instead of hoped-for economic development all we’ll have is nothingness and an expensive (and at times pointless) infrastructure.
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
Tribute paid to journalists of Charlie Hebdo
This past Saturday, hundreds gathered at Freedom Square, Tallinn, to remember journalists murdered at the French weekly Charlie Hebdo and stand in support of free expression.
Estonia to send EUR 40,000 worth of antiseptics to Sierra Leone to stop Ebola spread
Estonia is to sent antiseptics worth 40,000 euros to Sierra Leone to stop the Ebola disease from spreading.
Sanatorium tried to snatch aid from before the kids
Last Friday, humanitarian aid sent by Estonian foreign ministry arrived in Southern Ukraine. The children invited to receive it had to leave the sanatorium empty-handed.
26.11.2014, Marian MänniPM
Ex-ambassador Helme warns France against repeating political mistakes
Chairman of the Estonian Conservative People's Party Mart Helme, former Estonian ambassador to Russia, has sent a public letter to French Ambassador Michel Raineri drawing parallels between the sale of Mistral amphibious assault ships to Russia and the Franco-Prussian War that ended in France's defeat.
Financing Estonia: Norwegian and Swiss aid not forever?
Thus far, Switzerland and Norway have supported Estonia with dozens of millions of euros. In all likelihood, Swiss grants are hanging on a referendum.
10.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Finland, Baltic countries to get support package for milk producers
European Union agriculture ministers have reached agreement in principle as regards a support package being put together for the dairy industries of the Baltic countries and Finland to help ease the impact of the Russian import restrictions, Finland's Minister of Agriculture Petteri Orpo said from Luxembourg on Monday.
Editorial: time for kindness!
Strolling down a department store in Estonia, many are the tempting fragrances the nostrils notice – an abundance of sensations for the prodigal buyer and the stingy abstainer alike.
Anti-Putin rally at Russian Embassy, Tallinn
Yesterday, IRL (Pro Patria and Res Publica Union) nationalists, Ants Erm and News from Ukraine held a «Stop Putin!» picket in front of the Russian Embassy. Some two dozen participated, chanting «Freedom for Ukraine», «Freedom for Eston Kohver», and «Down with Putin».
The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global Partners
President Obama met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Estonian Prime Minister Tavi Roivas in Tallinn, Estonia on September 3. The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and Estonia, which are rooted in our shared values, ideals, and interests.
04.09.2014, The White House, Office of the Press SecretaryPM
Estonia gives Kurds a million cartridges
To support Iraqi Kurds in their fight against the violently militant Islamic State, Estonia donates one million machine gun cartridges made for weapons of Soviet origin.
29.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
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
Ilves wishes new Ukrainian head of state success in reuniting country
«My sincere congratulations on behalf of everyone in Estonia on your overwhelming victory in the Ukrainian presidential elections,» wrote Estonian head of state Toomas Hendrik Ilves to Petro Poroshenko, the newly elected president of Ukraine.
Editorial: picking personas
Estonia has enriched the world with use of «duck decoy» for vote magnets intending to boost other party cadre. But this time around, at EU elections, we go for the very persons – a poll ordered by Postimees shows two thirds will look to people, not parties. A whopping 54 percent will be banking on personas, plus a 19 percent who regard a politician above his party. Now, we can elect open lists, meaning that the ones with most votes in a party list will head for Brussels (and Strasbourg).
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).
Neinar Seli sent before court
State Prosecutor Steven-Hristo Evestus brought charges in Harju County Court against Neinar Seli, chairman of Port of Tallinn council, regarding donation to Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK).
28.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
In Tallinn, a trumpet call to end aggression against Ukraine
Yesterday, a concert in support of Ukraine took place on Freedom Square, Tallinn. During the event, non-governmental organisations of Estonia presented a declaration demanding end of the aggression against Ukraine. The declaration was signed by Congress of Ukrainians in Estonia, Estonian Institute of Human Rights, Federation of Estonian Student Unions, Youth Association Open Republic, and Open Estonia Foundation.
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
Support for Center Party and IRL grows in September - survey
Support for Estonia's Center Party and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) increased most in September, it can be seen from a survey ordered by the Estonian public broadcaster ERR and conducted by pollster Emor.
German president voices support for Rail Baltic project
The president of Germany, Joachim Gauck, voiced at his meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip today support for the Rail Baltic high-speed railway project that is seen eventually creating a direct connection between the Baltic states and Berlin.