Estonia

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:48:44 +0200
Cuts to also impact least fortunate members of society
The next round of government cutbacks will result in the dialing back of fire prevention efforts, layoffs in the Tax and Customs Board and reduced agriculture support from the Ministry of Rural Affairs, while the funding of political parties will als...

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 12:26:43 +0200
Former prosecutor general warns against participation in foreign wars
People who decide to fight illegal wars for other countries need to be held responsible, legal expert Lavly Perling says in an interview.

Wed, 01 Dec 2021 11:30:49 +0200
Defiant café ordered to close doors
The Health Board on Tuesday ordered coronavirus activist Elvis Brauer’s (EKRE) MEM Café to close doors and cease all commercial activity after it repeatedly ignored precepts. Around one hundred people turned up to support the business throughout t...

Tue, 30 Nov 2021 11:42:57 +0200
Opposition leader in support of defiant entrepreneur
Chairman of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) Martin Helme voiced support for restauranteur Elvis Brauer who refuses to comply with government orders in his establishments on the “Otse Postimehest” webcast on Monday.

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:43:00 +0200
Omicron variant requires preventive steps
The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus that has been added to the World Health Organization’s list of worrying strains has been diagnosed in many European countries. The Health Board is set to advise the government on additional measures this w...

Fri, 26 Nov 2021 15:23:10 +0200
Top court finds EDF members’ complaints must be processed
A Supreme Court order from Thursday suggests Estonian courts have been too quick to dismiss vaccination requirement complaints. The top court finds that challenges of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) vaccination obligation need to be processed.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 15:24:00 +0200
Center to challenge illicit donation ruling in Supreme Court
Yes, we will be turning to the Supreme Court in this matter, Center Party leader Jüri Ratas said. The Tallinn Circuit Court decided in late October that the coalition Center Party needs to return what has been deemed an illicit donation by the party...

Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:17:04 +0200
Light at the end of Tallinn tram tender tunnel
The city of Tallinn’s new trams tender process that has been going on for three years and failed twice in that time has reached a new milestone. Tallinn City Transport AS is no longer forced to negotiate with just a single manufacturer as three bid...

Tue, 23 Nov 2021 10:22:00 +0200
MPs to distribute €2.8 million in so-called Riigikogu protection money
Parliamentary parties agreed to distribute direct investments or so-called Riigikogu protection money based on a new set of rules this year. The 101 delegates have €3 million to distribute, while every investment needs to be tied to a particular MP...

Mon, 22 Nov 2021 11:08:22 +0200
Confusing news of secret export to Estonia
Russian business news portal RBK reports that data from the Russian customs authority suggests top ten Russian so-called secret export destinations include six NATO countries, Estonia among them.

Fri, 19 Nov 2021 09:24:08 +0200
Estonia to send Poland people and equipment
Minister of Defense Kalle Laanet (Reform) said at the government press conference on Thursday that Poland has turned to Estonia for aid and that it will soon be agreed how many people and equipment will be sent.

Thu, 18 Nov 2021 17:18:33 +0200
Criminologist Jüri Saar warns against helping migrants
University of Tartu professor emeritus of criminology Jüri Saar says that those who feel tempted to help people illegally crossing the border by offering them food, warm clothes or a place to lie low are risking tough punishments that can take them ...

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 13:14:33 +0200
Environment minister: Decision to resign tied to health and family
Minister of the Environment Tõnis Mölder (Center Party) said at a press conference on Tuesday that the reasons for his resignation concern his health and family and that he has come to the conclusion that self-preservation requires taking a time-ou...

Tue, 16 Nov 2021 12:48:13 +0200
NATO ambassador: Use of Article 4 up to Poland, Lithuania or Latvia
Even though the possibility of Poland evoking NATO Article 4 in connection with the Belarus border situation has been widely discussed in recent days, Estonian Ambassador to NATO Jüri Luik had not heard about relevant plans on Monday.

Mon, 15 Nov 2021 12:58:40 +0200
NATO deputy secretary general: We remain open to dialogue with Russia
The Russian Embassy in Belgium is one way to communicate, while the channel between NATO military chiefs and the head of the Russian armed forces also remains open, NATO Deputy Secretary General Patrick Turner says of the state of affairs in the alli...

Fri, 12 Nov 2021 14:23:59 +0200
Migrant flow could reach Estonia through Pskov
A classified threat assessment presented to the European Commission finds it possible that Pskov Airport that lies just a few dozen kilometers from the borders of Estonia and Latvia could become a hub of transporting illegal immigrants to Europe in t...

Thu, 11 Nov 2021 11:37:36 +0200
Researcher: Belarus, Russia and China no longer care about reputation
The West does not know how to respond to gray zone aggression in a way to prevent new offensives, security policy expert Elisabeth Braw said during a Latvian Transatlantic Organization conference in Riga.

Tue, 09 Nov 2021 10:58:00 +0200
Reform Party most successful in terms of local coalitions
While not all coalition agreements have been signed following the 2021 local government council elections, incoming rulers have been determined in all of Estonia’s 79 local governments. Election coalitions will be involved in running most local gov...

Mon, 08 Nov 2021 10:40:42 +0200
Hospital calling for tougher measures
The Tartu University Hospital has sent a letter to Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) and Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) according to which the hospital is working at capacity both in terms of premises and staff. The hospital wrote...

Fri, 05 Nov 2021 12:26:43 +0200
Phone fraud orchestrated using massive criminal network
The Estonian police and international colleagues have spent nearly a year tracking a criminal network that empties Estonians’ bank accounts by making fraudulent phone calls. The scheme has now been unmasked and law enforcement is poised for a count...

Thu, 04 Nov 2021 15:57:11 +0200
Kaja Tael: Estonia visible in Glasgow
Estonia can stand out in climate diplomacy by proposing an alliance for streamlined collection of environmental data and participating in EU initiatives, Kaja Tael, ambassador at large for climate and energy policy, said on the second day of the Glas...

Wed, 03 Nov 2021 11:58:00 +0200
Member of Katri Raik Election Coalition caught buying votes
The signing of the new coalition agreement in Narva was canceled on Tuesday after Sergei Gorlatš (Reform Party), who ran in incoming mayor Katri Raik’s election coalition, was detained on suspicions of vote-buying.

Tue, 02 Nov 2021 12:47:00 +0200
Anneli Ott stepping down as minister of culture
Estonian Minister of Culture Anneli Ott (Center) announced on Tuesday that she is stepping down from her position because she is unable to implement the ideas needed for preserving the field of culture in the government led by Prime Minister Kaja Ka...

Tue, 02 Nov 2021 12:43:42 +0200
Russian propaganda pouring into the brains of Estonian viewers
Unlike in neighboring countries, Estonia does nothing to contain Russian propaganda in the country as relevant legislation holds no effective levers. Television services providers keep Russian national networks in their standard packages.

Mon, 01 Nov 2021 11:15:05 +0200
Moldova looking at a cold and dark winter
Moldova is set to pay a heavy price this winter for failing to address its dependence on Russian gas over decades.

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