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Lõhmus would rather worry about I pension pillar

25.06.2019, 4:03

Banker and LHV founder Rain Lõhmus says the problem is not with the second pillar of pension but the first, which is something he is not afraid to call a Ponzi scheme – a type of investment fraud where outgoing investors are paid with the money of new...

Competition ousts Nordica from home market

25.06.2019, 2:03

Estonian airline Nordica will stop operating under its own name and drop five loss-making destinations from October. Is this the end of our national airline?

Man suspected of shooting two taxi drivers in Tallinn commits suicide at bus stop in Kiili

21.06.2019, 8:30

Raivo Jurimae, the 30-year-old suspected of shooting two taxi drivers in the Telliskivi neighborhood of Tallinn early on Friday morning, committed suicide at a bus stop in Kiili near Tallinn on Friday afternoon after being spotted by the police.

Helme admitted mistake to Ratas

20.06.2019, 3:17

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), Isamaa leader Helir-Valdor Seeder and EKRE Minister of Finance Martin Helme agreed yesterday that the latter should have consulted the PM before a vote of Eurozone finance ministers last week. Having cleared matters up with...

Sindi wolf missing

20.06.2019, 3:15

News from yesterday suggests a wolf famously rescued in February from the icy waters of Pärnu river has now gone missing. The Environment Board has dispatched an expert to ascertain the last known location of the animal.

Interior minister: Nobody can be crucified based on newspaper article

19.06.2019, 2:52

Commenting on reports related to alleged plagiarism in the master’s thesis of Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) chief Elmar Vaher, Interior Minister Mart Helme said on Tuesday that nobody can be crucified on the basis of a newspaper article.

Teder admits to bribing Center

19.06.2019, 2:45

Businessman Hillar Teder unexpectedly admitted in Harju County Court on Tuesday to funding the Center Party in secret prior to the 2015 Riigikogu elections in exchange for a land swap deal going ahead in the capital.

Expensive yacht, 1.4 tons of cocaine and handcuffs. The story of an Estonian drug captain

18.06.2019, 2:56

By the time the first special forces officer, clad in a bulletproof vest, climbed aboard, Richard Must had already dumped the satellite phones over the railing. He stood there tall and bearded and allowed his person to be searched.

President Kaljulaid: Estonia could be climate crisis trailblazer

17.06.2019, 4:35

Over the past six months, the UN has completed two comprehensive studies that conclude the planet is on the verge of a climate disaster. Kersti Kaljulaid is the first Estonian president to have a climate adviser and who is direct in describing the planet as...

Denmark’s Margrethe II revives the legend of the red and white flag

17.06.2019, 4:31

Anticipation was in the air even before Queen Margrethe II of Denmark stepped off the royal yacht Dannebrog in Tallinn’s Seaplane Harbor. Quiet murmurs from the crowd and cables clinking against flagpoles seemed to mimic a drum roll.

Nuclear plant in place of oil shale?

14.06.2019, 1:24

Earlier in the week, Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) said that perhaps Estonia should consider constructing a nuclear power plant to ensure availability of energy. Experts tend to agree – there seem to be few long-term alternatives.

Kõlvart hits production team with ultimatum

14.06.2019, 1:17

Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart no longer wishes to negotiate with filmmakers and is set to send an ultimatum to the Los Angeles production crew of director Christopher Nolan’s new movie “Tenet”: the team can either accept the city’s proposal...

Central bank forecasts continued salary advance

13.06.2019, 1:59

The Bank of Estonia’s recent economic forecast suggests that salary advance will reach 8.1 percent this year; the central bank urges the government and people to favor savings.

Euroacademy forced to close doors

13.06.2019, 1:54

Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps has made a proposal to the government to strip the Euroacademy of its license due to repeated violations of higher education regulations.

Prosecution: Ex-minister Kuusik suspected of physical abuse

12.06.2019, 3:41

The Office of the Prosecutor General confirmed that Marti Kuusik, who due to a domestic violence scandal resigned from the position of minister of foreign trade and IT after only a day and a half in office, is suspected of physical abuse.

Martin Helme says nuclear plant could be considered

12.06.2019, 3:33

Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) says that Eesti Energia must not allow the state energy sector to fall apart in a difficult situation as Estonia must be able to supply its own power.

«Entrepreneurs can bugger off out of passenger transport»

11.06.2019, 3:36

Legendary bus operator, owner of Lux Express Hugo Osula is concerned that the government’s decision to subsidize county coaches in full and give passenger train operator Elron millions will kill enterprise in Estonia.

Toxicity of fruits and vegetables not studied enough

10.06.2019, 4:37

A recent food safety report by the National Audit Office reveals that lapses by agencies in the administrative area of the Ministry of Rural Affairs have left consumers in the dark in terms of how much residue of dangerous pesticides they consume on a daily...

The plot of Nolan’s movie features Estonia

07.06.2019, 4:11

The heated debates about the possible location of the shooting of the Christopher Nolan movie Tenet in Laagna Road in Tallinn and the closing of the road brought Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas to the government press conference on June 6.

Kadri Simson leaving for Brussels

07.06.2019, 4:07

The Estonian government approved Prime Minister Juri Ratas' proposal to nominate Kadri Simson of the senior coalition partner Center Party as the candidate for European Commissioner for the next iteration of the Commission as well as the current one, should...

Mart Helme doesn’t want an exception favoring the Abkhazia Estonian

06.06.2019, 5:57

After months-long work the Ministry of the Interior has completed an analysis, which provides concrete solutions for ending the legal confusion around the citizenship of the Abkhazia Estonians. But they promise to share its content with the public only after...

Russian ambassador: we need a hotline for emergencies

05.06.2019, 6:23

Interview with Russian Ambassador Alexander Petrov.

Estonian PM proposes to name Kadri Simson candidate for European Commissioner

05.06.2019, 5:00

Upon the suggestion of Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, a proposal to name Kadri Simson of the senior coalition partner Center Party as the candidate for European Commissioner for the next iteration of the commission as well as the current one, should the...

Architect of the eurozone: the common currency is a definite success

04.06.2019, 12:13

Interview with architect of the eurozone Otmar Issing.

IT development to cost wages of 600 letter carriers

03.06.2019, 5:22

A former IT department employee of the postal company Omniva claims that the development of the state-owned firm’s information system spent uselessly millions of euros and that the problems, which have been disturbing the public, had been caused by mistakes...

Increasing the number of conscripts hits a glass ceiling

30.05.2019, 4:34

Interview with defense forces commander Major General Martin Herem.

Neighbors undermining Estonia’s excise plan

29.05.2019, 4:02

Minister of Finance Martin Helme has a theoretically brilliant plan: lower the alcohol excise tax, reduce cross-border trade with Latvia, increase the earnings of Estonian retailers and the state budget revenue. Yet the plan may easily fail.

The government started with bad budgetary news

28.05.2019, 4:02

The government reported yesterday that the budget strategy of the state for the next four years has been agreed upon. The two-week-long debate, which seemed time-consuming and hard, full of discussions lasting until late night, was finally completed yesterday.

Reform Party wins European Parlt elections in Estonia

27.05.2019, 12:02

The Reform Party won Sunday's elections to the European Parliament in Estonia, whereas the largest number of votes was garnered by Marina Kaljurand, top candidate of the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE).

La Muu wants to do great things abroad

27.05.2019, 11:57

According to Rasmus Rask, the founder and partner of La Muu ice cream firm, which completed a recent crowdfunding campaign with huge success, the people wanted to invest 4.6 million euros even though the initial target was 200,000 – 400,000 thousand. The...

State to sell road maintenance company

24.05.2019, 11:27

The government approved the sale of state road maintenance company Eesti Teed on Thursday – a plan that has been in the works since the time of Reform Party economy minister Kristen Michal.

MTA accuses Kingo of gross negligence

23.05.2019, 4:54

Estonia’s new foreign trade and IT minister Kert Kingo (51) is in the middle of a legal dispute with the Tax and Customs Board (MTA) after contesting a disciplinary penalty and a reduction in pay. The Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) minister describes...

Transferwise raises over €260 million in secondary funding round

23.05.2019, 4:52

Estonian money transfer company Transferwise has closed a secondary funding round of $292 million, or €261.1 million.

Budget strategy remains undecided

22.05.2019, 2:08

The government did not manage to repeat its predecessor’s feat of sorting out the next four years’ fiscal strategy during its spring outing. The state budget strategy for 2020-2023 (RES) remains open. Almost the only concrete decision from the seminar at...

E-services suffer worst breach yet

22.05.2019, 2:06

Estonia, one of the three most proficient countries in the world when it comes to number and level of public e-services, had to deal with a serious cybersecurity breach earlier this year when unknown criminals managed to hijack several digital identities.

Power outage brought chaos

21.05.2019, 5:22

A power outage this Saturday at an Elering substation in East Viru County was so extensive it resulted in chaos despite only lasting for an hour and a half. Transmission network operator Elering admitted the incident was difficult to understand and...

Budget: deficit versus broken promises

21.05.2019, 5:18

Yesterday morning saw the parking lot of the Vihula Manor slowly fill with dark cars from the back seats of which members of the government entered the manor’s palm house to discuss Estonia’s fiscal strategy for the next four years and next year’s state...

Trail left by mysterious Signaal leads to Urmas Sõõrumaa

20.05.2019, 11:22

Even though businessman Urmas Sõõrumaa has repeatedly denied involvement with successful public procurement participant Signaal, an investigation by Postimees suggests his ties to the company are longstanding and quite direct.

Solman just fine around Mart Helme

17.05.2019, 3:14

Minister of Population Riina Solman (Isamaa) told “Postimees Live” yesterday that she is in favor of retaining state funding for abortions, while she finds the registered partnership act to be faulty.

All three partners responsible for state of affairs

16.05.2019, 3:15

Frontrunner for the Social Democratic Party (SDE) for European Parliament elections Marina Kaljurand does not understand why Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) has been turned into a hero. Had Luik and six other people demonstrated enough backbone not to...

Bolt and Uber protest language requirement

15.05.2019, 4:06

Ride-hailing services, led by Uber and Bolt, are demanding and end to language checks for drivers in Tallinn where the municipal police (MUPO) has refused hundreds of prospective taxi drivers for failure to speak a word of Estonian.

Le Pen promoting EKRE

15.05.2019, 4:03

When head of France’s right-radical National Rally, MEP Marine Le Pen arrived in Estonia at midnight on Monday, she was in good spirits. “I came to meet with the head of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) with whom we want to form a new parliamentary...

Vooglaid threatens ERR with protests

14.05.2019, 2:52

Head of the Foundation for the Protection of the Family and Tradition (SAPTK) Varro Vooglaid has launched a nationwide campaign of collecting signatures to put pressure on journalists and board of public broadcaster ERR.

Kert Kingo named EKRE’s new candidate for foreign trade, IT minister position

13.05.2019, 4:17

The new candidate of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) for the position of minister of foreign trade and IT is Kert Kingo, a member of the party's parliamentary group.

Secret Russian web orgies business in Tallinn

13.05.2019, 4:04

Alleged violence against young women, shocked property owners, disturbed neighbors, expensive rental apartments thrashed and suspicions of human trafficking all hit Estonia when a well-known Russian company set up its secret online orgies business in Tallinn...

Riho Terras: Trump’s unpredictability a strength

10.05.2019, 10:41

Former defense forces commander, current Isamaa European Parliament elections candidate Riho Terras believes that while Estonia will not be able to get a billion dollars from US President Donald Trump, increased military support could be realistic.

Population on the rise courtesy of more births and smaller emigration

09.05.2019, 4:10

1,324,820 people lived in Estonia on Jan. 1, 2019 – an increase of 5,687 people year-over-year as more births and lower emigration added to total population, according to revised data by Statistics Estonia.

Tallinn looking at new traffic jams from June

09.05.2019, 4:05

Carriage of goods through city center port would add kilometers of traffic jams from this summer.

Poland brings coastal defense missile system to Spring Storm

08.05.2019, 4:10

Polish troops participating in the Spring Storm (Kevadtorm) large-scale military exercise of the Estonian Defense Forces have brought with them a coastal defense missile system to simulate gunnery practice at seaborne targets, the online portal of public...

Luik: state’s reputation depends on every minister

07.05.2019, 7:12

Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) says that first of all, members of government should stop making gestures that carry a negative meaning for Estonia’s allies. There are no signs of damaged relations at this time, and everyone can sleep safe and sound.