The past week has been an eventful one both in Estonia and abroad. Here's a snapshot of the news from Estonia, and the Estonian angle on news from abroad over the past week, as reported by ERR News.
The government agreed to support Prime Minister Jüri Ratas' (Center) proposal to link the adoption of the pension reform bill by the Riigikogu to a matter of confidence on Friday.
The coalition of the Reform Party and Center Party on Tartu City Government collapsed, with the majority Reform Party aiming to enter negotiations with the Social Democratic Party (SDE) to create a new coalition. Negotiations were still ongoing on are Friday with the SDE optimistically hoping to announce an agreement next week.
The Health Board has begun publishing updates on its website on a daily basis about the coronavirus including the latest confirmed statistics. An adivisor told ERR the risk of contracting coronavirus in Estonia is very low.
Government ministers have put forward suggestions for harsher drink-driving laws in the aftermath of a fatal collision earlier this month which killed three people, including a baby.
Estonia's economy is not expected to grow more than 2.5 percent in 2020, analysts for banks SEB and Swedbank said on Tuesday. Swedbank estimated a 2.4 percent increase and SEB predicts a 2 percent rise.
President Kersti Kaljulaid reached King George Island in Antarctica on Tuesday making her the first Estonian head of state to visit the continent. She also called for the world to come together and find a solution to climate change.
Estonia has increased its total score and maintained its position at 18 on the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released on Thursday by Transparency International, going against a global trend of "stagnation" or "backsliding".
Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) believes the climate-neutral economic investment plan he discussed with minister in Brussels on Tuesday, fall significantly short of actual needs, the money will largely come at the expense of other EU activities, and that Estonia cannot be satisfied with the differential treatment of coal and oil shale in the calculation of support.
On Friday it was announced Estonia has challenged the methodology for calculating the transformation of the biggest polluters within the economy.
Smoking behind the school between classes has become a thing of the past. Snus has become more popular among school children, which can be used during class, is difficult for onlookers to detect, and which doesn't give off a telltale smell. Teacher and police experience indicates that snus is spreading first and foremost among 7th, 8th and 9th graders.
Last year, Estonia granted short-term work permits to 28,297 people from third countries. It also issued over 32,000 registrations for employment during fixed periods, and 18,608 such registrations remained in force on January 1.
Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) defended his equality campaign against criticism made by the Minister of the Interior (EKRE) and said it will not cause the government to fall apart.
The coalition government has green-lighted an agreement which will see the Baltic Air Surveillance Network and Control System (BALTNET), a NATO body which previously had its main center in Lithuania, superseded by a new network of national control and reporting centers.
Experts of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) provided a positive assessment of the anti-money laundering activities of Estonia's Financial Supervision Authority.
The crowding out of the strong drug fentanyl by the police has led to a steep reduction in drug-related deaths, but new hazardous substances have begun to make their way on to the market.
Deputy chairman of the Conservative People's Party, Minister of Finance Martin Helme vindicates party members serving on the Appointment Committee, talked to ERR about father Mart Helme's alleged withdrawal, Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik's infuriating actions and a plan to save pharmacies.
The Center Party consigned itself into the opposition in Tartu following infighting when the ruling Reform Party said on Monday it would form a new coalition with the social democrats. Does Center's Secretary General Mihhail Korb know what happened? He does. But is he willing to talk about it?
We don't know whether Russian President Vladimir Putin has read Yevgeni Zamyatin's dystopia "We" or George Orwell's even more famous novel "1984." We don't know whether cadets at the KGB school in Okhta were Putin studied were taught about these forbidden books, while his actions in restoring authoritarian power in Russia have been both Zamyatinian and Orwellian in nature, Marko Mihkelson writes.
Throughout Estonia, nature is showing signs of spring, despite the fact that it is only mid-January.
President Kersti Kaljulaid met with polar scientists and learnt about the life of penguins during her visit to Antarctica.
Editor: Helen Wright