Veronica Anghel: Eastern Europe, President Trump and his not-so Great AmericaEstonian news
- Veronica Anghel: take corrupt Romanian politicians, keep the corrupt Romanian partiesEstonian newsRomanian politicians tend to go down with a bang. Or, more accurately, with the slam of a prison door, preferably on camera. The ethical standards to which politicians are romantically upheld are in total contrast to the displays of corruption and dishonesty to which we are daily witnesses. Add to this their hope for more likely electoral victories through false promises and indifferent speeches and it’s like asking for a shovel when you are already on the bottom of the pit… The greatest damage being done is not to themselves, but to the faith of citizens in the political party – the backbone of democratic governance. In order to restore it, both voters and politicians need to lower their expectations from this relationship.
- Editorial: Estonia, established in European Hall of FameEstonian newsFor any state or union, well functioning regulations are an unquestionable foundation for success. That in 2015 Estonia stood out by lowness of infringement proceedings regarding adoption of EU directives, says a lot while mainly underlining how well we understand the importance of being in the bloc.
- Two chair bill will produce retarded policy Former Chancellor of Justice takes a standEstonian newsTomorrow is second Riigikogu reading for draft act allowing parliament members to also sit on local councils. Former Chancellor of Justice Allar Jõks fought it back then and is fighting it now, claiming the descent of Riigikogu people upon councils is a sign of shortage of party cadres and will hinder development.
- Editorial: Paris changed everything? It did not. The values must remainEstonian newsReaction in Europe to the Friday night terror attacks in Paris were substantially different from before. The acts owned by Islamic State were coordinated and inhumanly cruel. Even so, some of the reactions have led to conclusions potentially hazardous to basic European values. Should these reactions be allowed to dominate, not only will the terrorist groupings will be sent a signal that have they managed to shake Europe, but our own principles may be endangered.
- Editorial: the shifting squirrels situationEstonian newsYesterday, 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.
- Editorial: booze populismEstonian newsIn Estonia, alcoholism is a serious problem. Takes no statistician or social scientist to prove that, any citizen may tell it all. Makes no difference if we are looking at alcohol related deaths, the traffic or just the street view. We are troubled by alcohol (over)users young and old. In all kinds of health and social costs, alcohol weighs heavy on us and causes grief as people close to us – family, neighbours, colleagues – gets drowned in its many sorrows. Also, alcohol plays a major role in crime and breaching of public order.