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Country Report Estonia

  • ID: 2114012
  • March 2015
  • Region: Estonia
  • 67 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Following a parliamentary election on March 1st 2015, the liberal Reform Party retained its position as the country's leading political force, ahead of the pro-Russophone Centre Party. It also emerged with the most seats, but fell short of an absolute majority in the 101-seat Riigikogu (parliament).

Reform won the largest share of the vote with an election campaign that focused on security issues. The party has a pro-NATO and pro-Ukraine foreign policy, and promised increased military spending in response to rising tensions with Russia. Still, at 27.7%, its share of support was lower than the 28.6% it gained in the previous election, in 2011, translating into a three-seat loss, to 30. The Social Democratic Party (SDE) also lost four seats, taking its total to 15, after its share fell to 15.2%, from 17.1%. However, the Pro Patria-Res Publica Union (IRL) was the biggest loser of the election, after a slump in support to 13.7%, from 20.5%, and a loss of nine seats, to 14. Support for the main opposition Centre Party ticked higher to 24.8%, taking its seats up by one, to 27.

The losses suffered by some of the main political parties reflect a surge in support for two smaller parties shortly before the election. The newly formed, liberal Free Party won 8.7% of the vote and eight seats. Meanwhile, a rise in anti-immigration sentiment has benefited the right-wing, Eurosceptic Conservative People's Party (EKRE), which won 8.1% of the vote and seven seats.

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Country Report Estonia

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