Estonians are expected to return a right-left coalition following elections in the Baltic State, the first since Estonia joined the EU and NATO in 2004. Opinion polls suggest the left-leaning Centre Party and the centre-right Reform Party, the core of the current administration, will take the lion’s share of the vote.
Estonia is still one of the poorest in the European Union but is growing rapidly, last year boasting 11 percent growth. The country is technologically advanced and became the first nation in the world to allow the electorate to cast their vote on the net, including the Prime Minister Andrus Ansip. The parties showered voters with promises such as tax cuts and higher wages. Indicators suggest a more prudent fiscal approach is required to reduce inflation, which forced the country to opt out of the euro until 2010.