2019 in Estonia
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Predicted and Scheduled Events
- 26 May – Elections to the European Parliament.
- 21–27 February – Advance voting for the parliamentary elections.
- 3 March – Election day for the Parliamentary elections. 63.7% of the population turned out to the polls (–0.5%). Reform (28.9%, +1.2) and Centre (23.1%, –1.7) are stable, EKRE surges (17.8%, +9.7%), Pro Patria decreases (11.4%, –2.3), and the Social-Democrats fall (9.8%, –5.4), down to fifth place. The new party E200 falls short of the electoral threshold (4.4%).
- Government formation (see article):
- 6–8 March: Talks between Reform and Center, quickly aborted.
- 8 March: the Reform party approaches SDE and Pro Patria (to build a coalition similar to Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet, which fell in a no-confidence vote)
- 11 March: Start of coalition talks between Centre Party, EKRE and Pro Patria. The inclusion of EKRE, a far-right party, is the major topic.
- 16 March: Following pressing demands, Jüri Ratas clarifies that EKRE's inclusion will not challenge Estonia's NATO and EU memberships.
- 6 April: Coalition negociations end on an agreement.
- 15 April: Kaja Kallas, tasked by President Kersti Kaljulaid, tries to form the government. She fails in a 45–53–2–1 vote.
- 16 April: President Kersti Kaljulaid tasks Jüri Ratas to form the next government
- 17 April: The coalition agreement is approved by a 55–44 vote.
- 29 April: Jüri Ratas' second cabinet is sworn in.
- 18 April – President Kersti Kaljulaid meets with Vladimir Putin of Russia in Moscow, after the inauguration of the newly-restored Embassy of Estonia in Moscow. It marks the first meeting between leaders of the two countries since 2011. Estonia wishes to secure Russia's absence of veto for the nearing 2019 United Nations Security Council election.