20.01.19 ... The non-parliamentary Estonian United Left Party (EÜVP) has filed a list of 11 candidates for the upcoming Riigikogu elections, to run in 11 of Estonia's 12 electoral districts.
18.01.19 ... According to end of year financial reports, the parties which have spent the most on electioneering are Centre and Isamaa/Pro Patria, each splashing out in excess of quarter of a million Euros to year end.
18.01.19 ... The recent use of social media fake accounts by Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) youth wing leader Ruuben Kaalep happened without the party's knowledge, says party deputy chair Jaak Madison.
18.01.19 ... Tallinna TV (TTV), a municipality-owned digital TV station which, as its name suggests, broadcasts in the capital but also has transmitters at several other locations including Pärnu, is due to take its Spot on (Estonian: Otse kümnesse) current affairs show from the air in the run-up to the elections. The reason is two of its leading lights, Peeter Ernits and Jakko Väli, are running in the general election in March.
18.01.19 ... Thursday evening 18.00 EST was the deadline for Estonia's parties and Riigikogu hopefuls to submit their nominations for the 2019 general election on 3 March. Eight parties handed in full lists, including all those currently in the Riigikogu.
17.01.19 ... Newcomers to the political scene the Richness of Life party are to hand in their candidate list to the electoral committee on Thursday, and have announced their number one candidate, Mihkel Kangur, is to run in the North Tallinn, Haabersti and Kristiine district of Tallinn.
17.01.19 ... Media personality Anu Saagim is set to run for the Estonian Greens at the Riigikogu election in March.
17.01.19 ... The newly-formed Estonia 200 party has announced its full candidate list for the March general election, which includes recently departed daily Postimees editor Lauri Hussar, public sector development manager Meelis Niinepuu, and party chair Kristina Kallas as well as former defence minister Margus Tsahkna.
16.01.19 ... Tarmu Tammerk, ethics ombudsman to the Estonian Public Broadcaster, ERR, has said that the actions of the leader of the youth wing of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) Ruuben Kaalep in posting on social media and in the national media under a fake name, constitute fraudulent activity.
16.01.19 ... Head of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) youth wing Ruuben Kaalep has admitted that both he and members of his party have knowingly posted in social media under false names, with Mr Kaalep even getting two opinion pieces published in daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL) under a pseudonym.
16.01.19 ... Isamaa/Pro Patria is the latest party to officially present its full candidate list for the March election, its principal members proceeding as per tradition up the hill to the electoral commission office on Toompea.
16.01.19 ... Candidate-announcing season continues apace in the run up to the March general election, with the Free Party officially presenting its full candidate list to the voting commission on Wednesday.
16.01.19 ... Editor-in-chief of daily Postimees, Lauri Hussar, is leaving the paper and joining Estonia 200. This step has prompted questions as to Mr Hussar's ethics, seeing as Postimees was the only publication last year to initially run Estonia 200's manifesto when the group first went public.
15.01.19 ... Pro Patria introduced its campaign platform on Tuesday, emphasising the party's stance on pensions as well as its focus on a nationalist agenda, in line with other recent efforts to mobilise against the threat to its voter share that is the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE). Other points include raising the income tax exemption for families as well as what the party refers to as a "tax peace" for the coming four years.
15.01.19 ... Along with parties submitting their official candidate lists, several independents have nominated themselves as candidates in the upcoming general election on 3 March. While citizens Jüri Malsub and Veiko Tani submitted their papers already earlier, Sergei Svjatušenko, Risto Nahkor and Üllar Kruustik added theirs on Tuesday morning.
15.01.19 ... A delegation of Prime Minister Jüri Ratas' Centre Party stopped by the State Electoral Office on Tuesday morning to hand in its list of 125 candidates for the upcoming general election on 3 March.
15.01.19 ... Two Centre Party leading lights who, by their own admission, have their eye on a government post following the March general election, MEP Yana Toom and Tallinn City Council chair Mihhail Kõlvart, are somewhat more lukewarm about sitting in the Riigikogu.
15.01.19 ... The Reform party has submitted its full candidate list to the electoral committee.
15.01.19 ... Mayor of the western Estonian town of Haapsalu, Urmas Sukles has filed a police complaint regarding an internet comment under a video in which he appears, endorsing the candidacy of Jaanus Karilaid (Centre), running in the Lääne-, Saare- and Hiiumaa district in the 3 March general election.
14.01.19 ... Opinions have been divided on interior minister Katri Raik's (SDE) proposal to give stateless persons in Estonia the chance to obtain citizenship under simplified rules, including opposition from some of own party members.
14.01.19 ... Editor-in-chief of daily Postimees Lauri Hussar has had to step down from the role to join newly formed party Estonia 200. Mr Hussar informed Postimees' owner Eesti Meedia, one of two major commerical media groups in Estonia, of his intention to run for Estonia 200 at the elections on 3 March, and the group terminated his employment on the same day, citing editorial independence issues.
14.01.19 ... Richness of Life, a spin-off of the Free Party and one of the newcomers in this year's general election, chose ecologist Mihkel Kangur as its candidate for prime minister on Sunday.
14.01.19 ... Estonia's parties as well as candidates are "jittery" in the ongoing Riigikogu election campaign, chairwomen and chairmen of the main political parties find. Several of them are saying that while plenty of the issues are worth a broader debate, the competition generally refuses to engage.
13.01.19 ... The Reform Party had its pre-election conference on Saturday evening, preceded by a party board meeting, with both convocations providing plenty of policy and vision pronouncements. Centre had already held its conference earlier in the day; the Free Party also held its own conference on Saturday.
13.01.19 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas' speech at the Centre Party's pre-election conference on Saturday neglected to cover the topic of integration, according to Social Democratic Party (SDE) leader Jevgeni Ossinovski.
13.01.19 ... The ruling coalition Centre Party has expelled 14 people due to criminal records, it is reported.
12.01.19 ... Ruling coalition Centre Party held its pre-election conference on Saturday, with a keynote speech by party leader and prime minister, Jüri Ratas, and the endorsing of its candidate list for the March general election.
12.01.19 ... Newly established party Estonia 200 is to announce its full candidate list on Sunday, as well as unveil its election manifesto.
11.01.19 ... The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) has said it might set up ''defence units'' aimed at protecting its members, according to party deputy chair Martin Helme.
11.01.19 ... The coalition Social Democratic Party (SDE) on Friday became the second party to submit its candidate lists and other required paperwork to the State Electoral Office ahead of the 2019 Riigikogu elections.
11.01.19 ... Citing the illness of the individual responsible for the party's accountancy, the coalition Centre Party has requested a two-week extension on filing its fourth quarter statement of revenue and expenditure with the Estonian Supervisory Committee on Party Financing (ERJK).
11.01.19 ... Estonia 200, which announced its official registration as a political party in mid-November, brought in a total of €66,000 in donations in the fourth quarter of 2018, while expenses totalled €90,366.
11.01.19 ... The opposition Reform Party, who in recent years had faced a complicated financial situation, earned revenue in the amount of nearly €2 million while spending €1.2 million last year.
10.01.19 ... This week's headlines have been dominated by a poster campaign supposed to highlight the ongoing divided society existing in Estonia, ie the split between Estonians and the Russian-speaking minority. This has been something of a storm in an eggcup, however, and won't make much of an impact on polling day in March, assuming that was even its intention.
10.01.19 ... Public transport in Tallinn is currently free for all registered residents of the capital city. The coalition Centre Party, however, intends to expand free public transport in Tallinn to all Estonian residents, part of a broader effort to ultimately provide free transport throughout Estonia.
10.01.19 ... Irene Käosaar, director of the Integration Foundation, quit Estonia 200 on Thursday.
10.01.19 ... The ad campaign organised by Estonia 200 earlier this week did not go unnoticed by Russian media, the pro-Kremlin part of which drew a comparison between the campaign and apartheid, daily Postimees writes.
10.01.19 ... According to the results of the latest survey commissioned by daily Postimees and conducted by Kantar Emor, the opposition Reform Party has narrowly surpassed the coalition Centre Party in popularity this month.
09.01.19 ... Introduced by party chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski on Wednesday, the economic programme of the coalition Social Democratic Party (SDE) ahead of the upcoming Riigikogu elections focuses on education, the development of the e-state as well as a green economy.
09.01.19 ... Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) representatives Jaak Madison and Henn Põlluaas submitted their party's candidate lists to the State Electoral Office on Wednesday.
09.01.19 ... In an interview on ETV's "Ringvaade" on Tuesday evening, Estonia 200 chairwoman Kristina Kallas said that her party did not anticipate that their Monday ads, which divided the platforms at Tallinn's Hobujaama tram stop into sides for Estonians and Russians, would offend some people and thus impede on the delivery of their actual message.
08.01.19 ... Commenting on Estonia 200's recent advertising stunt in Tallinn, Minister of the Interior Katri Raik (SDE), the junior coalition party's top candidate for Ida-Viru County in the upcoming Riigikogu elections, said on Vikerraadio's Tuesday broadcast of Uudis+ that the campaign reminded her of Nazi Germany.
08.01.19 ... Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday morning, Estonia 200 chairwoman Kristina Kallas explained that her party's goal was to use the controversial ads put up at Tallinn's Hobujaama tram stop to draw attention to "segregation" in Estonian society, adding that it did not consider the ad campaign unethical.
08.01.19 ... Early on Monday morning, commuters in Central Tallinn were met with the sight of a series of bold, bilingual advertisements dividing each side of the central Hobujaama tram stop in half, with the ads on the left, in blue, stating "Here only Estonians" and the ads on the right, in red, stating "Here only Russians." By Tuesday morning, the controversial ads had been replaced — by ads for Estonia 200.
04.01.19 ... Here at ERR News we don't normally cover stories outside Estonia or which don't directly involve the country or its citizens. However, breakthrough talks in the formation of a new coalition government in Estonia's southern neighbour, Latvia make it timely to look at what's going on there, comparing it with the party political landscape here in Estonia.
07.01.19 ... The Estonian Supervisory Committee on Party Financing (ERJK) does not want to give the Centre Party the opportunity to pay back in instalments the €220,000 deemed by the courts to be a prohibited donation.
07.01.19 ... Police in Estonia are of the opinion that when the ban on outdoor political advertising enters into effect on 23 January ahead of the 3 March Riigikogu elections, political parties may not use this time to begin publicly advertising their candidates for the European Parliament elections taking place in May.
06.01.19 ... The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) introduced its campaign platform on Saturday, further reiterating its national-conservative course. Commenting on it, Reform Party chairwoman Kaja Kallas said on Sunday that it is now clearer than ever that Reform won't be able to work with EKRE in a potential future coalition.
06.01.19 ... The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) introduced its election platform on Saturday. Beyond the usual anti-immigration and social conservative message, the party has crow-barred a broad selection of popularly debated issues into its platform, ranging from stopping Rail Baltica to building motorways, a demand for fewer abortions and writing a conservative definition of marriage into the constitution. And it wants a billion dollars from the United States.
05.01.19 ... When the prime minister's schedule conflicts with that of commercial flights, the state charters a private aircraft. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) used a chartered aircraft on nine occasions in 2018, with a contribution out of the budget of the Prime Minister's Office of €52,875.