Formation of Estonian government following parliamentary election in March 2019

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Reports and analyses of the process of government formation in Estonia, following an inconclusive legislative election on 3 March 2019 from which none of the competing political parties managed to acquire a parliamentary majority.

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The incumbent Centre party came second in the election (26 seats), runner-up to the Reform party (32 seats). The two parties would enjoy a parliamentary majority together, or otherwise by any of them teaming up with two other parties. The two leading forces engaged in talks following the election but later discussions collapsed over the rejection of the Centre party of a proposed arrangement put forward by the Reform party. Alternatively, the Centre party launched talks with right-wing Isamaa and EKRE for an alternative formula. The inclusion of the latter party - the third most voted party but seen by many as standing within right-wing extremism - was subject to criticism by political stakeholders in the country.

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Deutsche Welle, 13/03/2019: Far-right party deputy: 'We are the mainstream in Estonia'
Euro|topics, March 2019: Estonia's PM invites far right for talks
ERR News, 14/03/2019: Estonia not about to join Poland, Hungary

Bloomberg, 11/03/2019: Shock Move Gives Populists a Chance at Government in Estonia
Reuters, 11/03/2019: Estonian PM invites far-right to join cabinet
ERR News, 12/03/2019: EKRE and Isamaa agree to Centre talks, SDE open to Reform cooperation
Postimees, 12/03/2019: Center opens door to EKRE
The Guardian, 13/03/2019: Estonian leader urged to break off coalition talks with far right
France24, 12/03/2019: Estonia's outgoing PM Ratas courts far right in power bid
ERR News, 14/03/2019: Guy Verhofstadt implores Jüri Ratas to call off EKRE talks
ERR News, 14/03/2019: Reform leader open to equal terms coalition talks with Centre
Postimees, 07/03/2019: Center to decide over launching coalition talks with Reform on Friday

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