Nothing supporting charges has been said in court, claims Savisaar

22.08.17 ... Speaking at a dedicated press conference on Tuesday afternoon, suspended Tallinn mayor and former longtime Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar said that so far, nothing has been said during his trial that would support the charges of the Prosecutor's Office against him.

Presidents Steinmeier and Kaljulaid meet in Kadriorg

22.08.17 ... German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with President Kersti Kaljulaid in Kadriorg on Tuesday afternoon. The heads of state discussed bilateral relations, developments within the European Union, and matters relating to security as well as the Estonian presidency of the EU council.

Wrestler Heiki Nabi to compete in world championship finals on Tuesday

22.08.17 ... Estonian heavyweight wrestler Heiki Nabi, a two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist, will compete in the the Greco-Roman finals of the World Championships in Paris, France on Tuesday night.

GALLERY: Egyptian foreign minister on first high-level vist to Estonia

22.08.17 ... Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Hassan Shoukry arrived in Estonia on Tuesday in Egypt's first ever high-level visit to the country, during which he met with President Kersti Kaljulaid and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE).

Pollster: Savisaar could get 11.8 percent of the vote in Tallinn

22.08.17 ... According to pollster Kantar Emor, an election coalition headed by Edgar Savisaar could score nearly 12 percent of the vote in the districts where its candidates run. This would damage the Center Party, but deputy chairwoman Kadri Simson thinks Savisaar was successful in the past because of a team that he now doesn’t have anymore.

Survey: Center likely to receive nearly 30 percent of votes this fall

22.08.17 ... Should local elections be held in Estonia tomorrow, the Center Party would win with approximately 30 percent of votes across the country, figures from a survey commissioned by BNS and daily Postimees and carried out by pollster Kantar Emor in mid-August show.

Government to analyze payment of damages to tenants forced out by reform

22.08.17 ... The Ownership Reform Committee is convening once again on Tuesday in order to discuss a proposal from the Tenants Union of Estonia (EÜL) that the state pay damages to those forced from their homes by Estonia's nationwide ownership reform.

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier visiting Estonia Updated 09:44

22.08.17 ... German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier is arriving in Tallinn for a two-day state visit on Tuesday. He will meet with President Kersti Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center).

Merkel to attend Tallinn Digital Summit in September

22.08.17 ... German chancellor Angela Merkel will attend the Tallinn Digital Summit on Sep. 29. The summit is part of Estonia’s EU council presidency program and will discuss the impact of technological innovation and digitization on security, governance, society, and the economy and industry.

Historian Helmut Piirimäe dies at 86

21.08.17 ... Acclaimed Estonian historian and University of Tartu professor emeritus Helmut Piirimäe died aged 86 on Monday.

Analyst: Europe in for new period of economic growth, not new crisis

21.08.17 ... There is no new economic crisis on its way and Europe is in for a long period of economic growth, Ruta Arumäe, an economic analyst and professor at Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (EUAS), said on Monday.

NATO jets in Baltics scrambled three times to escort Russian aircraft

21.08.17 ... NATO fighter jets serving in the alliance's Baltic Air Policing mission out of Ämari Air Base in Estonia and Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania were scrambled three times last week in order to intercept Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence said on Monday.

Greek minister turns down invitation to conference on crimes of communism

21.08.17 ... Greek Minister of Justice Stavros Kontonis has turned down an invitation to participate in an international conference on crimes committed by Communist regimes to be held in Tallinn on Aug. 23.

Ratas on August 20: ‘This is the Estonia we want’

21.08.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said in his speech on the 26th anniversary of the restoration of Estonia’s independence that the state was far from complete, but that it was built every day.

All ministers but Ratas, Luik to run in local elections

21.08.17 ... All members of the current Estonian government will be running in this October's local elections but for Prime Minister and Center Party chairman Jüri Ratas and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) Minister of Defence Jüri Luik.

Gallery: President's 2017 Rose Garden reception

21.08.17 ... Every summer on the occasion of the anniversary of Estonia’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the president invites personalities of Estonian culture, politics, and intellectual life to the garden of the Kadriorg residence.

Ott Tänak wins second WRC in Germany

21.08.17 ... Just two months after his first career win in Sardinia, Estonian Ford driver Ott Tänak, 29, won his second FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) event in Germany on Sunday, beating out Norwegian Citroën driver Andreas Mikkelsen by 16.4 seconds.

Kaljulaid: Conflict between national and liberal values doesn't exist

21.08.17 ... In her speech given on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the restoration of Estonia’s independence in 1991, President Kersti Kaljulaid spoke out against replacing dealing with the country’s actual issues with trumped-up and artificial conflicts—the latter of which were a threat to democracy.

Estonia celebrates 1991 restoration of independence

21.08.17 ... Estonia on Sunday celebrated the restoration of its independence in 1991. All over the country people came together for concerts, events, and speeches. The latter revolved around freedom, and the country and society’s values and moral compass.

Taking back what was theirs: Estonia's independence restored in August 1991

20.08.17 ... While the stage was set by years of demonstrative and legal actions by Estonians seeking the restoration of their country’s freedom after decades of Soviet occupation, including the Singing Revolution, a term coined by activist and artist Heinz Valk to describe the peaceful freedom movement that began to gather more serious steam in 1988, it was in 1991 that a series of events finally led directly to the long-awaited restoration of Estonia’s independence.

Attack on peaceful residents most despicable act, says Kaljulaid

19.08.17 ... In remarks issued following a deadly knife attack in Turku, Finland on Friday, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that an attack on peaceful residents is the most despicable act imaginable.

EKRE parliamentary group leader calls for border checks to be reinstated

19.08.17 ... In a statement issued in the wake of recent attacks in Barcelona and Turku, Finland, Martin Helme, chairman of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) parliamentary group, said that nothing but the reinstatement of border controls at ports and airports and the expulsion of illegal migrants will help against Islamic terrorism.

Health insurance fund spends €411 million on healthcare in first half-year

19.08.17 ... The Estonian Health Insurance Fund spent €410.5 million on healthcare services provided to the insured in the first half of 2017, up seven percent compared to the first six months of 2016.

Ratas offers condolences following deadly knife attack in Turku

18.08.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas took to social media on Friday evening to offer condolences following an afternoon knife attack in Turku, Finland that has left two dead and at least six others injured.

Swedish company wants to build €350 million biomethanol plant in Estonia

18.08.17 ... Swedish bioenergy company Varmlandsmetanol AB is interested in building a biomethanol plant in Estonia worth up to €350 million.

State to dedicate €1.73 million to adaptation courses for immigrants

18.08.17 ... Over the next three years, Estonia will arrange €1.73 million worth of adaptation courses for new immigrants.

GALLERY: Prime ministers' photo wall unveiled at Stenbock House

18.08.17 ... A new photo wall featuring the portraits of all former Estonian prime ministers was unveiled at Stenbock House, the seat of the Estonian government, on Friday.

August party ratings: Reform remains on rise, IRL and Greens almost equal

18.08.17 ... The rating of the opposition Reform Party has remained on a steady rise over the past few months, emerging once again as the post popular political party in Estonia in August, it appears from the results of a poll commissioned by BNS and daily Postimees and conducted by Kantar Emor.

MP Ivanova flouts Center Party ban, gives Russia's Sputnik interview

18.08.17 ... Center Party board member and MP Olga Ivanova has given an interview to Russian propaganda channel Sputnik despite the fact that the leadership of Estonia's ruling party banned its members from doing so.

Estonian leaders condemn terrorist attack in Barcelona, offer condolences

18.08.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser took to social media on Thursday night to offer condolences to the victims of a deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona, where the attacker, still at large, deliberately drove a van into a crowded pedestrian boulevard.

Court forbids parallel election in municipality contesting forced merger

17.08.17 ... While Järva County's Koeru Municipality decided in June that its residents would elect Koeru Municipal Council in the municipal elections in October despite the administrative reform and the forced merger it faces, Tallinn Circuit Court on Thursday upheld a previous ruling by Tallinn Administrative Court that the municipality does not have the right to hold parallel elections.

GALLERY: Tallinn trams back on track as of September

17.08.17 ... The construction and reconstruction of a number of Tallinn's tram lines is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month, and as of Sept. 1, tram service in Estonia's capital will be fully restored.

Ratas: It is important for Estonia that Turkey remains on European course

17.08.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas assured Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and President President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on Wednesday that Turkey is an important strategic partner for Estonia and that both Estonia and the EU wish to see Turkey remain on the European course.

Pettai testifies against Savisaar, claims he helped get Center Party money Updated 12:48

17.08.17 ... Businessman Paavo Pettai, former campaign master of the Center Party who was released from charges in exchange for his testimony in the case against former longtime Center Party chairman and suspended Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar, testified in Harju County Court on Thursday.

USAID study: Estonia tops civil society viability ranking in 2016

17.08.17 ... Estonia once again topped the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Sustainability Index for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia for 2016, published by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Estonian e-voting beta testing launched with vote for most beautiful place

16.08.17 ... For the next two days, voters in Estonia can participate in the public beta testing of the country's new e-voting application by casting their vote online for the most naturally beautiful place in Estonia.

Court cuts back on disclosure of surveillance records in Savisaar trial Updated 14:50

16.08.17 ... Harju County Court decided on Wednesday to significantly scale back the disclosure of audio recordings obtained in surveillance of defendants in the trial of suspended Tallinn mayor and former longtime Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar.

Helve Särgava named SDE's candidate for Tallinn City Council chair

16.08.17 ... The Social Democratic Party (SDE) has named former Harju County Court judge and chairwoman Helve Särgava its candidate for Tallinn City Council chair.

UEFA Super Cup final coming to Tallinn next August

16.08.17 ... The 2018 UEFA Super Cup final will be played on Aug. 15, 2018 at Tallinn's Lilleküla Stadium, or A. le Coq Arena, marking the first time ever that a senior UEFA final will be played in Estonia.

Russia to present Zapad exercise to military attaches at separate event

16.08.17 ... Estonia has not received an invitation from Russia to observe Zapad, a large-scale joint Russian-Belarusian military exercise to take place in September. Russian authorities, however, will present the exercises to military attaches accredited to other countries' diplomatic missions in Moscow at a separate event.

Ratas: Turkey making efforts to provide decent conditions for refugees

16.08.17 ... On the first day of a two-day working visit to Turkey, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) visited the International Organization for Migration (IOM) suboffice in Gaziantep as well as Nizip refugee camp, both of which are located near the Syrian border.

Chief prosecutor: Criminal assets should be directed to law enforcement

15.08.17 ... Prosecutor General Lavly Perling finds that criminal income confiscated from convicted criminals could be directed into the development of law enforcement institutions.

TS Laevad takes third ferry off Virtsu-Kuivastu route

15.08.17 ... This past weekend marked the end of the period during which the Virtsu-Kuivastu ferry route, connecting Saaremaa to the Estonian mainland via the smaller island of Muhu, was served by three ferries. Going forward, the route will be operated exclusively by Tõll and Piret.

Over 15,000 children to begin school this September

15.08.17 ... In just over two weeks, on Sept. 1, over 15,000 children are expected to begin their formal education by entering first grade in Estonia.

GALLERY: Savisaar trial to continue on Tuesday

15.08.17 ... The trial of suspended Tallinn mayor and former longtime Center Party chairman Edgar Savisaar, is to continue in Harju County Court on Tuesday.

Ratas on working visit to Turkey

15.08.17 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas is on a two-day working visit to Turkey, where he will visit the International Organization for Migration (IOM) suboffice and a refugee camp in Gaziantep on Tuesday before heading to Ankara, where he will meet with Turkish state leaders on Wedneday.

Local election candidate registration opens this week

15.08.17 ... On Wednesday, city and municipal electoral committees will begin accepting registering documents from candidates and election lists for the 2017 local elections to be held this fall.

Reform chair: Tallinn should redirect €500,000 spent on PBK to ETV+

14.08.17 ... Opposition Reform Party chairman Hanno Pevkur said on Monday that Tallinn City Government should redirect the €500,000 currently spent annually on purchasing television programs from Russian TV channel PBK to ETV+, ERR's Russian-language channel.

State to ban smoking in Estonia's prisons beginning this fall

14.08.17 ... The Estonian state is to ban smoking in prison exercise areas beginning Oct. 1.

Halonen: Estonia should not frantically fear Russia

14.08.17 ... Tarja Halonen, who served as President of Finland from 2000-2012, said in a recent interview that Finns know Russians better than Americans do. She also found that Estonia had no reason to frantically fear Russia.
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