About: Taavi Roivas

Elections 10-11-2016

Estonia parties seal coalition deal supporting NATO, EU ties

The three parties set to form Estonia's next coalition government pledged today (10 November) to keep the small Baltic state firmly rooted in the European Union and NATO.
Elections 08-11-2016

Estonian government could collapse, faces no confidence vote

Estonia's coalition government could be threatened with collapse this week after two junior coalition partners called on the prime minister to resign yesterday (7 November) and the opposition called for a vote of no confidence.
Global Europe 20-06-2016

Luxembourg warns of Brexit ‘domino effect’ in Eastern Europe

A British exit from the European Union could trigger similar moves by other member states in Eastern Europe, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said in a German newspaper interview published yesterday (19 June).
Energy 15-10-2015

Polish-Lithuanian gas pipe to end Baltic energy isolation

A grant agreement to finance the first gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania was signed today (15 October), in what European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said mrked the official end of the Baltic region's energy isolation.
Europe's East 19-08-2015

EU slams Russian sentencing of Estonian officer

The European Union demanded Russia release an Estonian police officer sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in jail for spying, nearly a year after the EU says Eston Kohver was abducted by Russian agents from Estonia territory.
Elections 02-03-2015

Prime Minister Taavi Roivas wins Estonia election

Estonia's centre-right premier claimed victory in an election yesterday (1 March), cementing pro-NATO policies after a campaign dominated by fears of interference by neighbouring Russia following Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
Taavi Roivas
Global Europe 13-08-2014

Estonian PM: Biggest sanctions losers will be ordinary Russian consumers

EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis will hurt Russian consumers, but Moscow's retaliatory food import ban will have little effect on Estonian food producers, says Taavi Rõivas, the Estonian prime minister.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn, Estonia [Photo: Shutterstock]
Europe's East 25-07-2014

Estonia, Baltic states stand to suffer most from Russia sanctions

In contrast to neighbouring Ukraine, strong governance makes Estonia less vulnerable to internal challenges to stability. Yet, potential economic sanctions on Russia could have a profound impact on the Baltic state too, writes Jan Hofmeyr.
Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt [R] is not an active MEP [European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 16-07-2014

Liberals risk coming out of EU summit empty-handed

The European Liberals, ALDE, will lose a considerable number of influential EU positions, as a deal handing out the top jobs takes further shape at Wednesday's EU summit (16 July).
Taavi Roivas
Elections 27-03-2014

Estonia swears in youngest EU Prime Minister

Taavi Rõivas was sworn yesterday (26 March) as the new Prime Minister of Estonia. The 34-year old politician from the liberal Reform Party has vowed to make security a priority, as Estonia feels vulnerable from Russia in the aftermath of Crimea’s annexation.