02.12.22 NEWS ... Estonian society is not polarized to the extent that only two major political parties would win votes in next spring's Riigikogu elections, political commentator Külli Taro says.
02.12.22 2023 ELECTIONS ... The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), the most successful party in the Võru, Valga and Põlva counties constituency, one of the most sparsely populated regions of the country, at the last general election in March 2019, is, ERR writes, the favorite for 2023 also.
01.12.22 NEWS ... Increasing Estonia's defense capacity will also require being able to train at Nursipalu Training Area as well, but the right solutions need to be found for the local residents at the expense of whose homes the military grounds are slated to be expanded, said Liina Kersna, the Reform Party's top candidate for Southeastern Estonia in the 2023 Riigikogu elections.
30.11.22 NEWS ... The National Electoral Committee (VVK) approved the allocation of the 2023 Riigikogu elections mandates. Compared to the 2019 elections, the electoral district made up of Harju and Rapla counties gained one mandate, while Ida-Viru lost one.
30.11.22 NEWS ... Anticipated or confirmed to top their respective parties' candidate lists in Järva and Viljandi counties in the 2023 Riigikogu elections next March are Jürgen Ligi, Helmen Kütt, Jaak Madison, Helir-Valdor Seeder, Jaak Aab and Kaspar Taimsoo.
30.11.22 2023 ELECTIONS ... If companies are to be able to meet a minimum wage of €1,200 per month proposed by the Social Democratic Party (SDE), they should receive the necessary help in attaining that, party deputy chair and Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Riina Sikkut says.
30.11.22 NEWS ... Eesti 200 presented its national defense program on Tuesday. The party called on all other political parties in Estonia to sign an agreement, setting out the principles for organizing and financing a comprehensive national defense.
30.11.22 NEWS ... In the Tartu constituency, most political parties are betting on tried and tested candidates for the upcoming Riigikogu elections. However, for both Eesti 200 and the Social Democrat Party (SDE), newcomers top the party lists in Estonia's second largest city.
30.11.22 NEWS ... During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was agreed that sick leave benefits would begin on the second day. Now the government has a few days to approve this agreement's renewal, but if no agreement is reached, beginning with the new year, one will stay at home without salary for three days.
30.11.22 2023 ELECTIONS ... The Reform Party's support lead over the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) has continued to widen, according to a recent survey.
29.11.22 NEWS ... In an appearance on Vikerraadio's "Stuudios on peaminister" Tuesday, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said that should the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) win the Riigikogu elections next March, they must be given the chance to form a government.
29.11.22 2023 ELECTIONS ... Following President Alar Karis' calls to the electorate on Monday to not allow the March general election to degenerate into a two-horse race, and to be wary of hollow promises on the part of politicians after votes, ETV news show "Aktaalne kaamera" (AK) took stock of all the registered political parties, with just under 14 weeks to go until polling day.
28.11.22 2023 ELECTIONS ... President Alar Karis on Monday officially set the date for the 2023 Riigikogu elections. He advised parties to not turn the vote into a "battle" between the two most popular parties Reform and EKRE.
28.11.22 OPINION ... On Monday, President Alar Karis signed a resolution that set March 5, 2023 as the official date of the next Riigikogu election. Afterward, in a live address, he urged voters to not be "content" with "simple promises" and asked politicians not to turn the event into a two-party race.
28.11.22 NEWS ... Candidates who can get ahead in Saaremaa or put in a strong showing in all three regions tend to make it in the westernmost electoral district of Hiiu, Lääne and Saare counties.
26.11.22 OPINION ... Politics becomes wall-to-wall religious war in an emotionally polarized party system. Manifestations of this can already be seen in Estonia. Belief in one's own excellence and the other side's wretchedness is so blinding that mistakes are virtually never owned up to, Martin Mölder finds in Vikerraadio's daily comment.
25.11.22 INTERVIEWS ... Parempoolsed is Estonia's newest political party, having only been incorporated in October, and will be contesting its first ever election next spring.
25.11.22 NEWS ... Expected or confirmed to top their respective parties' candidate lists in Ida-Viru County in the Riigikogu elections next March are Kaido Höövelson, Arvo Aller, Meelis Kiili, Maksim Iljin and Piret Hartman.
25.11.22 NEWS ... The Reform Party has announced its front-runner candidates for the March 5 Riigikogu election.
24.11.22 NEWS ... MP Martin Repinski, who left the Center Party this spring, gave his share of Riigikogu "protection money" to the Jõhvi congregation of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Patriarchate of Moscow (MPEÕK). Repinski said he wanted to help fix up one of the most beautiful buildings in Jõhvi and the congregation in no way endorses Russia's war in Ukraine.
24.11.22 NEWS ... Most major political parties in Estonia are set to unveil their candidate lists and programs for the March 2023 elections in December or January.
24.11.22 NEWS ... While donations to the non-parliamentary Eesti 200 party are usually in tens or hundreds of euros, well-known IT businessmen donated a total of over €100,000 to the party a week after it got a new chairman. Eesti 200 leader Lauri Hussar said the money supports the party's ideas and not him.
24.11.22 POLITICS ... Speaking on ETV show "Esimene stuudio," politicians said, that Estonia has so far dealt well with the arrival of Ukrainian refugees. However, if a major new wave arrives as a result of Russia's continuing destruction of Ukrainian energy infrastructure, it may no longer be possible to offer such good conditions for those already in Estonia.
23.11.22 NEWS ... The Estonian Greens are aiming to surpass the two percent threshold in the 2023 Riigikogu elections to ensure that they receive state support to continue campaigning, says party co-chair Johanna Maria Tõugu.
23.11.22 NEWS ... The Family Benefits Act, which will come up for a second reading in the Riigikogu on Wednesday, creates more inequality and perpetuates poverty, says Kristina Kallas, vice-chair of Eesti 200.
23.11.22 NEWS ... The Parempoolsed party will win seats in next spring's general election, despite polling at barely one percent of support in recent surveys, the party's leader says.
23.11.22 NEWS ... The two opposition parties, the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) and the Center Party, have changed places in support trends compared with recent weeks, according to a recent survey. While EKRE's support has fallen slightly, Center's has seen a concomitant rise.
22.11.22 NEWS ... The State Electoral Office rejected a request by the City of Tallinn to receive at least 20 percent more funding than allocated in 2019 for conducting the 2023 Riigikogu elections next March.
21.11.22 2023 ELECTIONS ... Estonia's national elections are held every four years and the next vote will take place in 2023. ERR News lays out the basic facts.
21.11.22 NEWS ... Mart Helme, Peep Peterson, Toomas Kivimägi, Andres Metsoja, Andrei Korobeinik and Peeter Tali are slated to top their respective' parties Pärnu County candidate lists in the 2023 Riigikogu elections next March.
21.11.22 NEWS ... Ants Liimets, a former member of the Reform Party and a veteran local government activist, will run as a candidate on EKRE's list in the 2023 Riigikogu elections in Ida-Viru County.
21.11.22 NEWS ... The Social Democratic Party's (SDE) proposal of wage hikes for all Estonians also prescribes a minimum wage of €1,200 per month to be laid down by government decree. Estonia would pay smaller employers compensation for first two years.
21.11.22 NEWS ... Falling support for EKRE in the latest Kantor Emor survey may be due to the party's attempt to use the Marko Mihkelson scandal to its advantage having backfired. Reform's popularity appears to have increased due to electricity bills rising less than feared.
21.11.22 NEWS ... Narva Mayork Katri Raik (SDE) confirmed on social media Monday morning that she had made a final decision not to run for election to the Riigikogu next spring.
21.11.22 NEWS ... The November poll commissioned by ERR and carried out by Kantar Emor saw the ruling Reform Party extend its lead over opposition leader the Conservative People's Party (EKRE). The pollster interviewed 1,512 eligible citizens.
19.11.22 NEWS ... In the wake of the recent crises in energy, security and the economy, Estonia's tax system needs overhauling to the extent of bringing in a graduated or progressive model, Social Democratic Party (SDE) leader Lauri Läänemets says.
19.11.22 NEWS ... The opposition Center Party has unveiled its slogan ahead of the March 2023 general election.
18.11.22 NEWS ... Former PM Taavi Rõivas has not reconsidered his decision to leave politics and will not be running for parliament next year. Several well-known politicians have not made their decision known yet.
17.11.22 NEWS ... Anticipated to top their respective parties' Tartu candidate lists in the Riigikogu elections next March are Kristina Kallas, Krista Aru, Jaan Toots, Jaak Valge, Urmas Klaas and Tõnis Lukas.
17.11.22 NEWS ... While the regular Norstat poll suggests that support for the Center Party has grown, that for EKRE fallen and Reform's stabilized, the growing share of voters without a preference renders these positions uncertain, Martin Mölder writes.
16.11.22 NEWS ... The coalition Reform Party says it wishes to eliminate the so-called "tax hump" and raise the income tax basic exemption to €700 per month.
16.11.22 NEWS ... Support for the opposition Center Party has bucked a recent trend for a fall and rose over the past week, while the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), also in opposition, saw a fall in support, according to a recent survey.
15.11.22 NEWS ... Narva City Council member and Narva ex-mayor Aleksei Jevgrafov has confirmed he will be running for election to the Riigikogu on the Center Party's electoral list in Ida-Viru County (Electoral District 7) next spring.
11.11.22 NEWS ... The number of mandates, or seats, to go to the Ida-Viru County electoral district (District 7) in the next Riigikogu elections in March will be reduced from seven to six, with the additional mandate to be assigned to the Harju and Rapla counties electoral district (District 4), boosting the latter's total to 16 mandates.
11.11.22 NEWS ... Marek Kullamägi, regional chairman of the Center Party in Ida-Viru County, is critical of party leader Jüri Ratas' decision to have MEP Yana Toom run in the Ida-Viru electoral district in the 2023 Riigikogu elections.
11.11.22 NEWS ... MP Indrek Saar, former chair of the coalition Social Democratic Party (SDE), announced in a letter to his fellow party members that he will not be running for election to the Riigikogu anymore, including in the 2023 general election next March.
11.11.22 NEWS ... Center Party MEP Yana Toom is to run in the Ida-Viru County constituency at next spring's Riigikogu elections. Toom had previously said she would run in Tallinn.
11.11.22 NEWS ... Neither the coalition Reform Party nor the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), the two parties which have regularly polled highest in recent support ratings, will win the March 5 Riigikogu election, Center Party leader Jüri Ratas says.
10.11.22 NEWS ... While the ratings of the ruling Reform Party and opposition leader EKRE were on par in October, the former has gained and the latter lost ground since then.
10.11.22 NEWS ... The Reform Party is sounding out support for a bill which would strip Russian and Belarusian citizens resident in Estonia from the vote in local elections in Estonia.