2019 European Elections

Ida-Viru County turnout low, affected by disappointment in Centre, politics

27.05.19 ... Ida-Viru County registered Estonia's lowest turnout in Sunday's election at just 24.3 percent. Yana Toom (Centre), reelected to the European Parliament on Sunday, thinks that this is due to several recent events, including Raimond Kaljulaid leaving the Centre Party, a local corruption scandal in Narva revolving around a former Centre Party councillor, and the decision to enter government together with EKRE.

Rõivas not going to Brussels, admits Isamaa did better than expected

27.05.19 ... Overtaken by fellow Reform member Urmas Paet, former Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) has missed election and won't be going to Brussels. Still, he isn't disappointed, Rõivas says: his result was "decent," and Isamaa did better than expected, hence his missing out is "logical."

Assessing Centre election results, Ratas cites limited financial capacities

27.05.19 ... Speaking to ERR on Monday morning, Centre Party chairman and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said that he was satisfied with his party's results in the 2019 European Parliament elections, but nonetheless referred to its limited financial means for campaigning this time.

Amended European elections voter turnout in Estonia raised to 37.6 percent

26.05.19 ... Adjusted voter turnout for the 2019 European Parliament elections in Estonia totaled 37.6 percent, ERR's Estonian-language online news reported.

Opinion polls bang on money in European Parliament election results

27.05.19 ... The European parliamentary election results for Estonia are in, and have proved almost exactly what the polls predicted, with the Reform Party getting two seats as projected, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) getting two, with the most popular candidate, Marina Kaljurand, and the Centre Party, the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) getting one each.

Marina Kaljurand on election win: It feels great

27.05.19 ... Social Democrat (SDE) Marina Kaljurand, who earned the most votes of any individual Estonian candidate in the 2019 European Parliament elections, said that the win felt great, but despite the very large mandate she received, she still wasn't interested in chairmanship of the SDE.

Verhofstadt: EPP and S&D now having to cooperate with ALDE, Greens

27.05.19 ... Guy Verhofstadt, leader of The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) European Parliament group said Sunday's voting projections indicate the European Parliament will have a "new balance of power," and that the long-dominant conservative European People's Party (EPP) and social democratic Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) groups will have to share much more power, Baltic News Service reports.

European elections: how they all performed

27.05.19 ... The 2019 European elections produced, as predicted, Marina Kaljurand (SDE) as most popular candidate on 66,143 votes, 19.7 percent of the vote - more than any entire party, other than Reform, and obviously her own. Again, there were no suprises with the most popular party, Reform, which got 87,158 and is sending Andrus Ansip to Strasbourg, as well as returning Urmas Paet for his third stint.

Reform win European election, SDE's Kaljurand by far most popular candidate

27.05.19 ... As they did in the March general election, the Reform Party won the European election, with 87,158 votes, taking two MEP seats, with Andrus Ansip and Urmas Paet. The Social Democratic Party finished second, with 77,384 votes, the bulk of these for its number one candidate Marina Kaljurand, who received 66,143 votes, the most of any single candidate, and more than either the Centre Party, the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) or Isamaa did as entire parties.

Gräzin e-vote cancellation bid rebuffed by Electoral Committee

26.05.19 ... The Electoral Committee (VVK) has overruled a complaint from Igor Gräzin (Centre). Gräzin, who formerly sat as an MEP for the Reform Party, ran for Centre at the current election, and argued that the e-vote should be cancelled, ERR's online news in Estonian reports.

Tunne Kelam to EU Parliament newcomers: represent Estonia, not your party

26.05.19 ... Tunne Kelam (Isamaa/EPP) ran in his fourth European parliamentary elections on Sunday, having been an MEP since 2004. Appearing on ETV current affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera", he passed on some of his wisdom ahead of the results.

Over 1,600 EU citizens resident in Estonia vote in elections

26.05.19 ... European Union citizens resident in Estonia had the option to vote in the European Elections here, rather than their home countries. Over 1,600 did just that, according to a report on ETV current affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera."

Sunday brings four days of European Elections to an end

26.05.19 ... The new makeup at the European Parliament should become clear some time after midnight Sunday. Polls have closed in most countries at the time of writing, but are still open in some cases. Voting in Italy ends at 11 p.m. local time (midnight in Estonia); the results thus cannot be published before that time.

ERR in Brussels: Next European Parliament likely to be most fragmented yet

26.05.19 ... Two major political groupings in the European Parliament, comprising Europe's christian democrat and social democratic parties, are expected to lose seats on Sunday, writes ERR's Brussels correspondent Epp Ehand. Conversely, smaller groups, including those from Eurosceptic parties, are expected to make gains. If this comes to pass, the resulting fragmentation could make voting through decisions more complicated.

Estonia extra MEP seat postponed till Brexit, at least October 31

26.05.19 ... The number of seats in the European Parliament is to be reduced from 751 to 705, after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, currently scheduled for Oct. 31.

Pollsters in rare agreement ahead of Estonian EU election

26.05.19 ... The forecasts of Estonian pollsters Turu-uuringute AS, Emor, and Norstat for the 2019 Estonian EU election are identical: all three predict that the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Reform Party will win two seats each, while of the remaining two mandates one will go to the Centre Party, and the other to the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE). The most popular candidate in all three forecasts is Marina Kaljurand (SDE).

Election day: 444 polling stations open until 8 p.m. Sunday

26.05.19 ... Estonia is electing its members of the European Parliament today Sunday. With advance and e-voting closed, this is the last chance for EU citizens entitled to vote in Estonia to do so. A total of 444 polling stations are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Poll: Reform, SDE to earn two Estonian seats each in European election

24.05.19 ... Based on the results of a recent poll commissioned by daily Postimees and conducted by Kantar Emor, Estonia will elect two Reform Party candidates and two Social Democratic Party (SDE) candidates to the European Parliament, with the remaining two seats most likely to go to the Centre Party and the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE). Differences in levels of support are small, however, indicating that results may differ.

155,521 vote online in European Parliament elections

23.05.19 ... Online and early voting in the 2019 European Parliament elections in Estonia ended on Wednesday. By Wednesday evening, a total of 223,870 people, or 25.4 percent of voters, had cast their vote, including 155,521 online and 68,349 in person at polling places.

Forecast: Coalition parties likely to feel effects of recent weeks

21.05.19 ... Recent surveys suggest the 12 weeks since the March 3 general election has not been long enough for voter patterns to change dramatically, according to head of pollsters Turu-uuringute Juhan Kivirähk, if the Riigikogu elections were to be held tomorrow. However, it is not the Riigikogu elections which are about to take place, but the European Parliamentary elections, which take place on Sunday. This is a different story.

Ansip unlikely to stay at EU Commission if he wins parliament seat

21.05.19 ... Current European Commissioner for Estonia, Andrus Ansip (Reform), has said he thinks he will not be able to continue in the role after the May 26 European elections, which he is running in, and that his replacement would most likely be a woman.

444 polling places across Estonia open for early voting

20.05.19 ... From Monday through Wednesday this week, all 444 polling places across Estonia will be open for early voting in the 2019 European Parliament elections.

Ratings: Marina Kaljurand may earn SDE two mandates in European elections

20.05.19 ... The inclusion of lists of actual candidates currently running for election to the European Parliament had a significant impact on party rankings in a recent poll — Marina Kaljurand's personal popularity boosted that of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) to outstrip the Reform Party and the Centre Party alike, indicating that the SDE could walk away from the current elections with two of Estonia's six mandates.

Nearly 70,000 advance European parliament votes cast so far

19.05.19 ... Close to 70,000 voters had cast their ballot ahead of the European Parliament on Saturday evening, part of the so-called advance voting period ahead of the May 26 election day.

Nearly 26,000 vote early, online on first day in European election

17.05.19 ... As of Thursday evening, a total of 25,865 people had already cast their votes early and online in the 2019 European Parliament elections, the National Electoral Committee (VVK) said.

Watch Again: English-language European election panel discussion

01.05.19 ... Sunday, May 26 is European parliament elections day in Estonia, elections which come at a time of uncertainty over the future of the union perhaps unprecedented in its history. Broadcast live at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, ERR News' Andrew Whyte moderated an eight-strong panel discussion, covering some of the issues and personalities in the mix.

Party secretary-general: No point dramatizing drop in Centre ratings

14.05.19 ... The Centre Party's secretary-general, Mihhail Korb, believes that the main reason behind the current record low ratings of the Centre Party is their coalition with EKRE and Isamaa. Korb also said that the new government hasn't reversed any developments seen over the last 20 years.

European People's Party president visits Estonia as guest of Isamaa

10.05.19 ... President of the European People's Party (EPP) Joseph Daul is visiting Estonia on Friday and Saturday, guest of Isamaa, whose MEPs sit with the grouping at the European parliament.

ERR in Sibiu: Struggle ahead for top EU jobs

10.05.19 ... EU government leaders met in Sibiu, Romania, on Thursday to discuss the tasks facing the union during the five years to follow the 2019 European Parliament elections taking place later this month. Also on the agenda at the summit was the allocation of the EU's top jobs.

President Kaljulaid joins European leaders in election participation call

09.05.19 ... In a statement issued Thursday, President Kersti Kaljulaid encouraged all European citizens to vote in the European elections on May 26.

Kallas: ALDE, En Marche uniting would increase liberals' influence

07.05.19 ... A joint group formed by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group and La République En Marche! (LaREM), the party of French President Emmanuel Macron, in the European Parliament would significantly boost the strength of liberal forces in the EU, as well as mean some key leadership positions, said Reform Party honorary chairman Siim Kallas.

Raimond Kaljulaid sees European win as chance to influence Estonian policy

07.05.19 ... Independent MP Raimond Kaljulaid, who was elected to the Riigikogu as a member of the Centre Party before quitting in connection with the coalition talks that led to the current government, sees possible election to the European Parliament later this month as an opportunity to influence Estonian policy.

Survey: Social Democrats rise to third ahead of European elections

06.05.19 ... Based on the aggregate results of polls conducted during the past three weeks, the opposition Reform Party has the most popular candidate list ahead of the upcoming 2019 European Parliament elections, it appears from the results of a survey commissioned by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and conducted by Norstat.

Estonia received more than €10 billion in EU investment over past 15 years

02.05.19 ... In its 15 years as a member state of the European Union, Estonia has received in excess of €10.4 billion in investment out of the union's cohesion fund and budget.

Ratas: Estonia remaining pro-European, new government backing EU

02.05.19 ... Estonia's course will remain the same in terms of its EU relations, and this is backed by all three coalition parties as well, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said at a meeting of heads of state and government of those countries that have joined the EU since 2004.

15 years in European Union Estonia's most successful, says prime minister

01.05.19 ... In a video message on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Estonia's accession to the European Union, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) said that the country's years as a union member have been its best.

Reform Party calls on Riigikogu president to bring back EU flags

30.04.19 ... The parliamentary group of the Reform Party called on President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) on Tuesday to have EU flags returned to the White Hall of the Riigikogu. Põlluaas had the flags removed after his confirmation as speaker.

Turkey unsuitable as EU member state, says Isamaa European candidate

29.04.19 ... Riho Terras, running in the number one spot for Isamaa at the May European elections, has stated his opposition to Turkey acceding to the EU, as things stand at present.

Jevgeni Ossinovski standing down as SDE leader

29.04.19 ... Jevgeni Ossinovski is not seeking re-election as leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDE), BNS reports.

Greens retain Zuzu Izmailova as leader

28.04.19 ... The Green Party decided Saturday to retain their current leadership and board, meaning Züleyxa ('Zuzu') Izmailova stays on at the helm.

Green Party to choose one, or perhaps two, leaders Saturday

27.04.19 ... The Estonian Green Party is convening Saturday, voting to appoint members both to organisational posts, to the party's leadership. A change to party regulations would see the party have potentially dual-leaders, if the amendment – which is to be the subject of a vote – passes.

Survey: Reform looking at certain victory in European Parliament elections

21.04.19 ... 32% of Estonian voters have promised to vote for a Reform Party candidate in next month's European Parliament elections, according to the results of a survey commissioned by ERR and conducted by Turu-uuringute AS. Should Estonia continue with six seats, this would mean at least two mandates.

Estonia 200 introduces European Parliament election programme

20.04.19 ... Estonia 200 on Friday introduced its programme for the upcoming European Parliament elections, titled "Estonia IS Special!" The programme highlights Estonia's opportunities to make Europe more innovative and digital and less bureaucratic.

Estonian candidates registered for European Parliament elections

16.04.19 ... The National Electoral Committee (VVK) on Tuesday registered Estonia's candidates for the upcoming European Parliament elections — 66 candidates in all, including 61 candidates from nine parties and five independent candidates.

Poll: Marina Kaljurand still most popular candidate for European Parliament

15.04.19 ... A survey commissioned by the Institute for Societal Studies and carried out by pollster Norstat has Marina Kaljurand (SDE) at 11%, Andrus Ansip (Reform) at 10% and Yana Toom (Centre) at 9%.

Paet: China summit with Central, Eastern European countries splitting EU

13.04.19 ... Urmas Part (Reform/ALDE), a former minister of foreign affairs and one of Estonia's MEPs in Brussels, said on Saturday that the format of the summit between China and countries of Central and Eastern Europe that took place in Dubrovnik on Friday is splitting the European Union.

SDE makes electoral history, running more women than men for EU parliament

07.04.19 ... The Social Democratic Party (SDE) has unveiled its candidate list for May's European Parliamentary elections, with former foreign minister Marina Kaljurand heading up a list which contains more women candidates, than men, an Estonian first, BNS reports.

Estonia 200 names European elections candidate list

05.04.19 ... Estonia 200 has unveiled its candidate list for May's European Parliament elections, as it promised to do earlier in the week, BNS reports.

Raimond Kaljulaid quits Centre Party

05.04.19 ... MP Raimond Kaljulaid on Friday morning announced that he was leaving the Centre Party and would remain in the Riigikogu as an independent MP. He also announced an independent run for election to the European Parliament.

Yana Toom forgoes Riigikogu seat, running for MEP spot again

03.04.19 ... Yana Toom MEP (Centre) has relinquished her Riigikogu seat in advance of Thursday's convening of its XIV session.
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