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Estonia's coalition government collapses | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 21.05.2009
The Estonian prime minister has dismissed crucial coalition partners, after they failed to agree on how to best tackle the recession. That leaves the government in Tallinn without a majority, at least for now. 

Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip has kicked three senior Social Democrat politicians out of his coalition government. Without them, the ruling coalition no longer has a parliamentary majority.

Ansip and his center-right Reform Party intend to abandon a planned increase in unemployment benefits, saying that the country can't afford to pay as Estonia's unemployment rate has risen to 11.4 percent during the recession. The Social Democrats objected to this, calling for an increase in income tax instead.

As a result, Ansip fired three prominent Social Democrats, the finance minister, population minister and interior minister, after getting permission from President Toomas Hendrik to sack the ministers and reform his coalition.

by Fran on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 01:54:56 PM EST
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