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Parliamentary elections in Estonia 2023: Tailwind for Kaja Kallas - but how stable is the country?

Estonian reform party wins elections with 31.1 percent

At the beginning of March, a new parliament was elected in Estonia. The election campaign was largely determined by the war in Ukraine and security policy issues. The Estonian Reform Party won the elections with 31.1 per cent of the vote. Kaja Kallas, the party's leader and prime minister, was confirmed in office. However, the real winner of the election is Eesti 200, which will enter the Estonian parliament for the first time. Overall, voter turnout increased compared to the 2019 elections. Never before have so many votes been cast online as this year; a new method of calculating votes was also used for the first time. Politically, the result provides a basis for a possible deepening split in Estonian society - especially in the north-east of the country.

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The Three Baltic States: Political and Social Impact One Year After the Start of Russia's War of Aggression against Ukraine

Determination and unity

Russia's unprovoked war of aggression on Ukraine has led to great determination and unity in all three Baltic states.

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Unterwegs auf neuen Pfaden mit Verfallsdatum?

Neue Regierung in Lettland bestätigt

Am 14. Dezember 2022, fast 3 Monate nach den Parlamentswahlen vom 2. Oktober, hat das lettische Parlament (Saeima) die neue Regierung vom amtierenden Ministerpräsidenten, Krišjānis Kariņš (“Jaunā Vienotība“, Neue Einheit, EVP) bestätigt (s. Annex). Jedoch steht diese unter keinem guten Stern.

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Parlamentswahlen in Lettland

Stabilität mit Überraschungseffekten

Die Parlamentswahlen in Lettland finden in turbulenten Zeiten statt. Die Auswirkungen des russischen Angriffskrieges auf die Ukraine haben auch Einfluss auf die Wahlentscheidung in Lettland. Die Partei des amtierenden Ministerpräsidenten findet zurück zu alter Stärke. Die russischsprachige Wählerschaft ist zersplittert. Zwei Drittel des Parlamentes besteht aus neuen Abgeordneten. Die Rückkehr zweier Oligarchen ins Parlament lässt aufhorchen. Die neue Regierung sollte im November stehen.

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Neue Regierungskoalition – die Brücke zu den Wahlen im März 2023

Vorgezogene Regierungsumbildung in Estland

Am 14. Juli ist Kaja Kallas (Reformpartei, RE) von ihrem Amt der Ministerpräsidentin zurückgetreten. Am selben Tag hat Präsident Alar Karis ihr den Vorschlag gemacht, eine neue Koalition zu bilden. Am 15. Juli fand eine außerordentliche Sitzung statt, wo Kaja Kallas mit 52 Fürstimmen (26 dagegen) das Mandat zur Regierungsbildung bekommen hat. Die völlig neu zusammengesetzte Regierung besteht nunmehr bis zu den nächsten regulären Wahlen im März 2023. Das hat Folgen für den anstehenden Wahlkampf.

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Brief: Germany, Russia, and Energy Politics

Fifth and final brief in the Germany and Baltic Security Series

Together with the ICDS-International Centre for Defence and Security, we introduce a collection of policy briefs titled “Germany and the Security of the Baltic States”. In this concluding brief Kalev Stoicescu examines Germany's relations with Russia, also taking into account energy dependence.

Brief: German-US Relations and the Security of the Baltic States

Fourth brief in the Germany and Baltic Security Series

Together with the ICDS-International Centre for Defence and Security, we introduce a collection of policy briefs titled “Germany and the Security of the Baltic States”. The fourth brief, written by Marko Mihkelson, covers Germany's relations with the US, and what it means for the Baltics.

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Brief: Germany’s Position on CSDP: Is There Anything for the Baltics?

Third brief in the Germany and Baltic Security Series

Together with the ICDS-International Centre for Defence and Security, we introduce a collection of policy briefs titled “Germany and the Security of the Baltic States”. The third brief, written by Margarita Šešelgytė and Emilė Indrašiūtė, takes a look at Germany's engagement in the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

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Brief: Baltic Perspectives on Germany’s Role in NATO

Second brief in the Germany and Baltic Security Series

Together with the ICDS-International Centre for Defence and Security, we introduce a collection of policy briefs titled “Germany and the Security of the Baltic States”. The second brief, written by Justinas Juozaitis, covers how the Baltic States see Germany's role in NATO.

Brief: Baltic States’ Expectations Regarding Germany’s Role in Baltic Security

Together with the ICDS-International Centre for Defence and Security, we introduce a collection of policy briefs titled “Germany and the Security of the Baltic States”. The first brief, written by Toms Rostoks, covers what the Baltic States would like to see in Germany's contribution to the security of the Baltics.