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Council of National Opera Estonia suspends director's contract for 2 months

03.07.2020, 10:37

The board of National Opera Estonia at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday decided to suspend the employment contract of director Aivar Mäe for two months to ensure safe and creative work atmosphere for the staff.

“I would not be soft-spoken as president”

03.07.2020, 10:27

Tomorrow will see the congress of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) where the coalition party will elect a new chairman. Current chair Mart Helme said on Saturday that he will not be running again. He is working on his speech to fellow EKRE members...

NATO endorses Baltic defense plans after Turkey compromise

02.07.2020, 10:48

Having found a compromise with Turkey, NATO has endorsed the updated defense plan for Poland and the Baltic states; the situation was resolved through a compromise regarding problems in the Middle East, according to Estonian Minister of Defense Jüri Luik.

Health Board falling apart

02.07.2020, 10:44

Coronavirus emergency situation key figure Martin Kadai will be the next high-ranking public servant to leave the Health Board. Early June saw the resignation of the agency’s deputy director, infectious diseases specialist Jelena Tomassova, while yesterday...

“My family was very hurt”

01.07.2020, 10:44

Outgoing head of the Estonian Health Board, Merike Jürilo (51), says in an interview to Postimees that contrary to popular belief, according to which the decision to allow the infamous Saaremaa volleyball match was made by the board, it was actually based on...

Police launch proceedings at National Opera Estonia

30.06.2020, 10:32

The police have launched misdemeanor proceedings based on the Penal Code section on sexual harassment to identify the course of events and episodes in regard to allegations of inappropriate behavior toward female employees by National Opera Estonia Director...

Physicist holds Russian leak likeliest source of radiation spike

30.06.2020, 10:28

It is likely that a slight spike in radioactivity in the air over Estonia was caused by an unknown leak during the handling of nuclear waste in Russia, physicist Andi Hektor says. He describes Estonia’s outdated radioactivity screening system as worrying.

Mystery cloud over Estonia in June

29.06.2020, 11:01

The Environmental Board’s Harku radiation monitoring station picked up a cloud of radioactive particles of unknown origin that passed over Estonian in mid-June. Stations in Finland and Sweden have also registered radioactive particles. While Dutch officials...

Mart Helme to step down as EKRE chair

29.06.2020, 10:58

Chairman of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) Mart Helme will hand over the reins after seven years at the national conservatives’ helm on July 4. Running the party will likely fall to son Martin Helme.

Crisis reserve shaping up

26.06.2020, 12:24

The crisis reserve bill has been sent out for coordination by other ministries. Administrative needs and political will coincided very fortunately in this case, said Viola Murd, deputy secretary general in charge of rescue, emergency response and crisis...

SEB fined €1 million for breaches of anti-money laundering rules

26.06.2020, 9:58

The Estonian Financial Supervision Authority (FSA) has issued a precept to AS SEB Pank and a fine of €1 million for breaches of anti-money laundering and terrorist financing rules.

President refuses to proclaim amendments to Foreign Service Act

26.06.2020, 9:36

President Kersti Kaljulaid decided on Thursday not to promulgate amendments to the Foreign Service Act as she finds they are not consistent with the Constitution. 

Theater executive vows to keep exuberance in check

25.06.2020, 11:22

The supervisory board of National Opera Estonia is set to convene on Friday to discuss public allegations of workplace sexual harassment against the theater’s director Aivar Mäe published in the weekly Eesti Ekspress.

Four lives lost over black weekend in traffic

22.06.2020, 11:22

Last weekend saw four people lose their lives in traffic accidents in Estonia. The last time a single day in traffic brought so many victims was four years ago.

Sale of Fortumo brought Estonians millions

19.06.2020, 1:34

Estonian mobile payment solutions company Fortumo has been sold to London-based Boku for around €40 million. The money will likely make its way back to the Estonian startup scene.

Social ministry breaking in the Health Board

19.06.2020, 1:25

While head of the Estonian Health Board Merike Jürilo will resign, the decision was strictly recommended so to speak. Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik, in whose administrative area the agency lies, confirms that he suggested Jürilo resign already on...

Audit: Rail Baltic feasibility questionable

17.06.2020, 4:38

A recent audit of European megaprojects by the European Court of Auditors finds that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania do not have enough people for the Rail Baltic project to be feasible.

Justice minister: Death penalty debate would be inappropriate

16.06.2020, 11:38

One hundred years ago, the Constituent Assembly passed Estonia’s first Constitution that entered into force during the last month of the same year. To mark the occasion, Postimees interviewed Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg on Monday to talk about various...

Tanel Erm: Physical offices will not disappear for mental health reasons

15.06.2020, 11:35

Many technology buffs are likely unaware that additional widgets for the Microsoft Teams platform are developed in Tallinn’s Mustamäe district. Head of Microsoft’s Estonian development center Tanel Erm talks about the unit’s work in an interview to...

Everything would be much simpler with three million Estonians

12.06.2020, 4:07

Two Estonias have developed both socioeconomically and regionally. Tallinn and the rest of the country. The Estonian Cooperation Assembly foundation presented its 300-page Estonian Human Development Report on Thursday, editor-in-chief of which Helen...

Ratas: Prosecution’s investigation sensible

11.06.2020, 3:34

Chairman of the Center Party, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said during Riigikogu Question Time on Wednesday, when commenting on the origin of a donation of €50,000 to the party, that had he certainty the donation was of criminal origin, he would resign.

Lihula shooter apologizes

11.06.2020, 3:31

Rünno Roosmaa, defender of Lihula shooter Mikk Tarraste, entered the Pärnu police department at 3 p.m. on Wednesday for a meeting with his client. The lawyer came out of the meeting with a handwritten statement by Tarraste.

Gas station robbery turns into a series of mishaps

10.06.2020, 12:16

An idea to rob a local gas station by two young women from Kuressaare turned into a series of mishaps that culminated in conditional punishments of almost four years for both.

Defender: Tarraste not himself yet

10.06.2020, 11:03

On Tuesday, Postimees talked to Rünno Roosmaa, defender of the Lihula shooter Mikk Tarraste, who has represented several notorious killers during his career spanning four decades. Among Roosmaa’s recent clients was Benjamin Hiienurm who, together with his...

Public pressure forces Center to take action

09.06.2020, 11:23

If a week ago, the ruling Center Party was still defending its unlikely major donor, events of the weekend led to an about-turn. The party confirmed that the €50,000 donation from little-known Tartu entrepreneur Jana-Helen Juhaste made toward the beginning...