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Budget strategy remains undecided

22.05.2019, 2:08

The government did not manage to repeat its predecessor’s feat of sorting out the next four years’ fiscal strategy during its spring outing. The state budget strategy for 2020-2023 (RES) remains open. Almost the only concrete decision from the seminar at...

E-services suffer worst breach yet

22.05.2019, 2:06

Estonia, one of the three most proficient countries in the world when it comes to number and level of public e-services, had to deal with a serious cybersecurity breach earlier this year when unknown criminals managed to hijack several digital identities.

Power outage brought chaos

21.05.2019, 5:22

A power outage this Saturday at an Elering substation in East Viru County was so extensive it resulted in chaos despite only lasting for an hour and a half. Transmission network operator Elering admitted the incident was difficult to understand and...

Budget: deficit versus broken promises

21.05.2019, 5:18

Yesterday morning saw the parking lot of the Vihula Manor slowly fill with dark cars from the back seats of which members of the government entered the manor’s palm house to discuss Estonia’s fiscal strategy for the next four years and next year’s state...

Trail left by mysterious Signaal leads to Urmas Sõõrumaa

20.05.2019, 11:22

Even though businessman Urmas Sõõrumaa has repeatedly denied involvement with successful public procurement participant Signaal, an investigation by Postimees suggests his ties to the company are longstanding and quite direct.

Solman just fine around Mart Helme

17.05.2019, 3:14

Minister of Population Riina Solman (Isamaa) told “Postimees Live” yesterday that she is in favor of retaining state funding for abortions, while she finds the registered partnership act to be faulty.

All three partners responsible for state of affairs

16.05.2019, 3:15

Frontrunner for the Social Democratic Party (SDE) for European Parliament elections Marina Kaljurand does not understand why Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) has been turned into a hero. Had Luik and six other people demonstrated enough backbone not to...

Bolt and Uber protest language requirement

15.05.2019, 4:06

Ride-hailing services, led by Uber and Bolt, are demanding and end to language checks for drivers in Tallinn where the municipal police (MUPO) has refused hundreds of prospective taxi drivers for failure to speak a word of Estonian.

Le Pen promoting EKRE

15.05.2019, 4:03

When head of France’s right-radical National Rally, MEP Marine Le Pen arrived in Estonia at midnight on Monday, she was in good spirits. “I came to meet with the head of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) with whom we want to form a new parliamentary...

Vooglaid threatens ERR with protests

14.05.2019, 2:52

Head of the Foundation for the Protection of the Family and Tradition (SAPTK) Varro Vooglaid has launched a nationwide campaign of collecting signatures to put pressure on journalists and board of public broadcaster ERR.

Kert Kingo named EKRE’s new candidate for foreign trade, IT minister position

13.05.2019, 4:17

The new candidate of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) for the position of minister of foreign trade and IT is Kert Kingo, a member of the party's parliamentary group.

Secret Russian web orgies business in Tallinn

13.05.2019, 4:04

Alleged violence against young women, shocked property owners, disturbed neighbors, expensive rental apartments thrashed and suspicions of human trafficking all hit Estonia when a well-known Russian company set up its secret online orgies business in Tallinn...

Riho Terras: Trump’s unpredictability a strength

10.05.2019, 10:41

Former defense forces commander, current Isamaa European Parliament elections candidate Riho Terras believes that while Estonia will not be able to get a billion dollars from US President Donald Trump, increased military support could be realistic.

Population on the rise courtesy of more births and smaller emigration

09.05.2019, 4:10

1,324,820 people lived in Estonia on Jan. 1, 2019 – an increase of 5,687 people year-over-year as more births and lower emigration added to total population, according to revised data by Statistics Estonia.

Tallinn looking at new traffic jams from June

09.05.2019, 4:05

Carriage of goods through city center port would add kilometers of traffic jams from this summer.

Poland brings coastal defense missile system to Spring Storm

08.05.2019, 4:10

Polish troops participating in the Spring Storm (Kevadtorm) large-scale military exercise of the Estonian Defense Forces have brought with them a coastal defense missile system to simulate gunnery practice at seaborne targets, the online portal of public...

Luik: state’s reputation depends on every minister

07.05.2019, 7:12

Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) says that first of all, members of government should stop making gestures that carry a negative meaning for Estonia’s allies. There are no signs of damaged relations at this time, and everyone can sleep safe and sound.

European Parliament elections candidates to hold debate in English

06.05.2019, 5:12

Erinevate Tubade Klubi will host a several-hours-long elections debate tonight at 7 p.m. featuring Riho Terras (Isamaa), Taavi Rõivas (Reform Party), Kristina Kallas (Estonia 200), Yana Toom (Center Party), Peep Mardiste (Estonian Greens), Sven Mikser...

Culture minister: Kuusik's resignation unavoidable

06.05.2019, 10:09

Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa), newly appointed minister of culture of Estonia, said in an interview with public broadcaster ERR that resigning was the only option of Marti Kuusik, Conservative People's Party's (EKRE) minister of foreign trade and IT who was caught up...

Authority: Child protection must interfere in family life in case of suspicions of violence

06.05.2019, 10:05

By law, a child protection official has the right and responsibility to interfere in a family’s domestic affairs even in the event of a mere suspicion of danger, the Estonian Social Insurance Board said in response to an inquiry whether suspicions of...

EKRE leader accuses president of emotional behavior

03.05.2019, 1:06

Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) leader and Interior Minister Mart Helme accused President Kersti Kaljulaid of emotional behavior during the swearing-in of the new Juri Ratas government.

Media execs lose nerve as politicians score one

03.05.2019, 1:01

Journalists critical of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) Ahto Lobjakas and Vilja Kiisler have been hit by a wave of threats and their bosses an avalanche of orchestrated complaints. How did it come to heads of two media houses losing their nerve,...

Minister’s career cut short

02.05.2019, 12:51

The Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Marti Kuusik (48) resigned the day before yesterday amid allegations of domestic violence. The national conservatives will name a new candidate in the near future.

Family of man shot to death sues police

30.04.2019, 12:26

The family of Jaanus Käärmann, who was shot to death by police officers in Tallinn’s Freedom Square the year before last, has sued the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA). Käärmann’s family had previously attempted to challenge the prosecution’s...

Allegations of domestic abuse against new minister

30.04.2019, 12:21

A more solemn Riigikogu sitting than usually began at 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The president arrived for the swearing in of the new government. Ministers signed their oath of office one after the other in front of the parliament. However, tensions had been...

Going after excise duties akin to Russian roulette

29.04.2019, 2:36

While Estonia’s alcohol excise duties hike paved the way for border trade with Latvia, lowering the rates back to their original levels might not reverse the damage. Moreover: it might lead to something worse.

Journalist: I was given a choice between self-censorship and leaving

27.04.2019, 4:52

Journalist and politics analyst Ahto Lobjakas has denied claims that he was fired from his show on the Raadio 2 station of Estonian public broadcaster ERR, and said that he left of his own volition, primarily on the issue of self-censorship, the...

Europe’s junk brought to Estonia

26.04.2019, 4:32

Estonia has become the junkyard of the European car market – too often do we see cars at the end of their rope the odometers of which have been tampered with soiling our market and polluting our environment, says Arno Sillat, head of the Estonian Vehicle...

Member of Trump’s intelligence council: Estonia is close to my heart

25.04.2019, 3:59

US President Donald Trump appointed Daniel Hoffman, who speaks fluent Estonian, a member of his intelligence council. Hoffman’s importance for Estonia also lies in the fact he lived in Estonia and headed the CIA station in Tallinn in 1999-2003. He is well...

Estonian president appoints 3-party govt into office

25.04.2019, 10:43

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in Kadriorg on Wednesday afternoon appointed the government led by Juri Ratas into office.

Internal Security Service needs €50 mln for main building reconstruction

24.04.2019, 12:55

The main building of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) needs investment in the amount of around €50 million as tight conditions are increasingly hampering the work of security officials.

PPA admits foreign student expelled without legal basis

24.04.2019, 12:52

Postimees wrote about the expulsion of a foreign student from Nepal that seemed unjust in early March. The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) has now admitted it made a mistake and said that the student’s residence permit must be restored.

Regulator applying for extension of prohibition on stay at Aidu wind farm

23.04.2019, 12:36

The Estonian Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority has asked the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) to extend the ban on stay on the territory of the Aidu wind farm until circumstances have been determined but said it will allow the developer...

Vakra ordered to write new thesis

23.04.2019, 12:33

Rector of Tallinn University Tiit Land decided on Monday that Rainer Vakra’s diploma studies diploma from 17 years ago will be revoked. The university decided that Vakra will get to keep his master’s degree if he writes a new bachelor’s thesis inside two...

President summons six ministerial candidates

23.04.2019, 12:31

Incoming prime minister Jüri Ratas presented President Kersti Kaljulaid with a list of candidates for his government yesterday. Kaljulaid expressed desire to meet with six of them to hear their plans and ideas.

Martin Helme’s past no business of Big Brother

22.04.2019, 2:12

Incoming finance minister Martin Helme is set to celebrate his 43rd birthday two days from today. Helme is described by his friends as an intelligent and confident person whose biggest problem is superficiality. It isn’t hard to see why, looking at the...

What Europe lacks the most is confidence

18.04.2019, 4:52

Frontrunner for Estonia 200 at European Parliament elections Lauri Hussar is considering joining the European People’s Party (EPP) if elected. While Isamaa is a member of the same parliamentary group, Hussar is deeply disappointed in the party he used to...

Government to start with lowest support in decade

18.04.2019, 4:49

After answering an avalanche of questions by opposition politicians, leader of the Center Party Jüri Ratas was given powers to form a coalition government with the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) and Isamaa by the Riigikogu yesterday evening. The...

Meeting expected to liven up economic ties

17.04.2019, 4:28

President Kersti Kaljulaid is set to meet with her Russian colleague Vladimir Putin in Moscow tomorrow. Ever since the announcement, it has been debated whether the meeting should take place in the first place and what could the presidents concentrate on.

«Kõigi Eesti» concert brought together 10,000 people

17.04.2019, 3:56

The motto of the «Kõigi Eesti Laul» (Everyone’s Estonia’s Song) concert that organizers say brought over 10,000 people to the Song Festival Grounds on Sunday was: «We are not afraid. We stand together for freedoms!». While politics should not have...

Moscow expert: relations shouldn’t be seen as hopeless

16.04.2019, 6:12

Kersti Kaljulaid should concentrate on mutual topics such as economic and humanitarian cooperation during her meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, says Oleg Timofeev from the Russian International Affairs Council.

Reinsalu changed his mind

16.04.2019, 5:09

Outgoing justice minister, incoming foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) has seen Estonia change course in joining countries that do not support European Commissioner Andrus Ansip’s EU digital single market copyright directive that the European...

FSB hired local thug to keep an eye on border guard

15.04.2019, 12:40

The latest Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) yearbook writes that Harju County Court convicted a previously unknown spy Dmitri Kozlov last month.

Friends considered possible spy Estonian patriot

15.04.2019, 12:36

Friends and acquaintances describe Vladimir Kulikov (51) as a calm and good person and a true Estonian patriot. The former security service operative has now been arrested over alleged spying.

ISS: Abdurrahman Sazanakov who left Estonia to join extremists died in Syria

12.04.2019, 3:29

The Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) said that according to their information, Abdurrahman Sazanakov, who in 2013 left Estonia to fight in Syria, died there a few years ago.

Moscow experts: visit will not be canceled due to sailing ship decision

12.04.2019, 3:26

Russian political experts questioned by Postimees do not believe that Estonia’s decision to deny Russian sailing vessel Sedov entry into the country’s territorial waters will cause an upcoming meeting between the two countries’ presidents to be canceled,...

Kõlvart elected mayor as down payment for incoming coalition

12.04.2019, 3:22

Center Party leader Jüri Ratas paid a part of the price for his planned coalition with the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) and Isamaa yesterday when recent Tallinn city council chair Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) was elected mayor. Kõlvart received 45...

Incoming minister promises tax peace

11.04.2019, 11:28

While the finance minister of what is likely to be Estonia’s next government, Martin Helme (EKRE), has vowed to lower excise duties, incoming economy minister Taavi Aas (Center) applies the brakes: there will not be tax cuts as the budget is tight enough as...

Manufacturer promises rifles will not fail Estonia

10.04.2019, 6:16

The winner of the Estonian Defense Forces and the Police and Border Guard Board’s (PPA) new service weapons procurement tells for the first time how he sees the scandalous procurement dispute in Estonia and the future of the long-awaited assault rifles.

State companies want new owners

09.04.2019, 7:40

The looming coalition of the Center Party, Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) and Isamaa promises to privatize three state companies: Eesti Teed, Operail and Enefit Green.