The Rise Of A Right-wing Party Is Undermining The Prominence Of The Estonian-Russian Conflict At Home

A primer to Estonian party politics in 2022

5 January 2022

Merili Arjakas

Marcin Król Fellow

The current government started in January 2021, after the Centre Party got rid of their coalition partners and used an ongoing criminal investigation against their own party to change the coalition, while still staying in government.

Barely a year ago, the current Estonian government led by the centre-right Reform Party with the centre-left Centre Party as a junior partner was sworn in. The former prime minister Jüri Ratas resigned amid allegations of corruption against his party. 

A few days later, however, the Centre Party came out of the scandal still in the government and Mr Ratas, became the speaker of the parliament. The leader of the Reform Party Kaja Kallas became the first female prime minister of Estonia.

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Merili Arjakas

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. A researcher interested in the interplay of domestic and international politics in Europe and the Middle East. Holds a master's degree in international relations and European Union affairs from the University of Tartu, Estonia. She is also a regular contributor in Postimees, the most circulated Estonian daily.

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