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Skeleton’s decade of patience paying off

10.07.2020, 10:00

Founder and CEO of Skeleton Technologies Taavi Madiberk admits that had he known ten years ago how long it would take to get a foot in the door in the car industry, they would probably never have started. The company recently signed €150 million worth of...

Kaja Kallas: Taxpayers forced to pay for government’s folly

09.07.2020, 10:11

Head of the opposition Reform Party Kaja Kallas told the “Otse Postimehest” webcast that Minister of Rural Affairs Arvo Aller’s promise to consider paying compensation to strawberry farmers constitutes an attempt to gloss over the government’s poor...

“Trust requires good communication”

08.07.2020, 10:40

Acting head of the Estonian Health Board Mari-Anne Härm says in an interview to Postimees she wants to use the summer to determine what led to loss of trust between the government and the board.

Estonians waiting for permission to travel

08.07.2020, 10:36

Citizens and permanent residents of Australia need to apply for a permit to leave the country. “After four weeks of waiting, I finally got my answer that for some miraculous reason came back positive,” says Aet Madison, head of travel agents Aero Travel,...

Helme says national conflict fueled by partner

07.07.2020, 10:59

The newly elected chairman of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) Martin Helme told Postimees live that utterances that insulted coalition partners at the recent EKRE congress were part of a political show. Helme also promised to create his own Fox News...

Vegetables saved, too late for strawberries

07.07.2020, 10:55

The agriculture rescue package the government agreed on Monday morning leaves farmers feeling conflicted. Even though its necessity is beyond doubt, changes come too late for strawberry farmers. Producers also cannot understand the plan of shortening the...

National opera employees analyze allegations against director

06.07.2020, 12:21

Then head of communications for National Opera Estonia Lisanna Männilaan walked up to director Aivar Mäe and handed him her letter of resignation in mid-November last year, following a marketing meeting earlier in the week. According to Männilaan, Mäe told...

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...