Postimees – more than a newspaperOpinion
- Trump's complete departure from the practices of Obama administrationOpinionWhat Russia has said in response to US missile attacks on Syria has so far been entirely predictable. It is what Russia will do in response that provides uncertainty. But that uncertainty is not one-sided. The sudden policy reversal by the United States has demonstrated beyond doubt that it is not only President Putin that can be unpredictable; President Trump can match him.
- New Year Address of the PresidentLocal NewsDear Fellow Countrymen and -women, at least one thing has gone according to prediction this year – the 31st of December will still be the last day of the year and in the waning minutes of this day, the President has an opportunity to assess the past year and try to anticipate developments in the next one.
- How parties fail in a collective identity: a guide to the Romanian parliamentary electionsOpinionParliamentary elections are to be held in Romania on December 11th. The outcome of the popular vote is the last piece of the 2016 political puzzle, but the course of the campaign is a telling synthesis of party strategies in itself. In terms of the quality and future of democracy, Romania sends out mixed messages.
- Life after spreadsheetsOpinionFor the past few decades, Estonian governments have upheld the mantra of fiscal balance; that you don't play with taxes and take loans. It is possible the latter two dogmas will now change as the incoming coalition is dominated by parties who have traditionally promised their voters to concentrate on redistribution.
- Veronica Anghel: a directly elected president may not be the best choice of structural reformOpinion
- Veronica Anghel: take corrupt Romanian politicians, keep the corrupt Romanian partiesOpinionRomanian politicians tend to go down with a bang. Or, more accurately, with the slam of a prison door, preferably on camera. The ethical standards to which politicians are romantically upheld are in total contrast to the displays of corruption and dishonesty to which we are daily witnesses. Add to this their hope for more likely electoral victories through false promises and indifferent speeches and it’s like asking for a shovel when you are already on the bottom of the pit… The greatest damage being done is not to themselves, but to the faith of citizens in the political party – the backbone of democratic governance. In order to restore it, both voters and politicians need to lower their expectations from this relationship.
- Italian referendum, European risksOpinionIn a few months, Italian voters will be asked to endorse or sink the most ambitious constitutional reform ever attempted since the establishment of the republic in 1946. The reform affects more than one third of the 139 articles that nowadays constitute Italy’s fundamental charter. The reform proposed by the Renzi government has the main objective to make the functioning of the state institutions more agile by overcoming the current system of equal bicameralism, reduce the number of parliamentarians, cut the costs of the ineffective state machine, and increase the effectiveness of Italy’s byzantine state organization. The vote on the reform is likely to produce very visible effects both domestically and internationally.
- Editorial: Estonians up in armsOpinionEstonia has above 27,000 weapons owners in possession of some 68,000 hunting, sports and self defence guns. Initial applications for permits are sharply up this year with six month figures exceeding 2012 and nearly equaling 2013 totals. The reasons vary from the EU trend towards toughening gun laws to the added sense of security.
- Editorial: will public shame save fair play?OpinionThere's the written rules and there's the cultural aspect. First of all, fair play is based on the rules of the event itself, as well as banned substance list and the various penalties for violations thereof. But without explicit condemnation of doping within the domain and in public, even the written rules may not work and the fight against doping users proves vain.