The sudden change-of-heart of the People's Union came like a bolt out of the blue, shaking Estonia's ruling coalition - less than eight months old - to its core. Catalyzed by fears of an impending fiscal catastrophe, party leaders, well aware that they risked losing their three ministerial portfolios, demanded that their coalition partners postpone a promised income-tax cut and a drastic reduction in the amount of funds to be paid to mothers under the new parental compensation bill.Needless to say, the Res Publica party and the Reform Party - the other two coalition partners - balked at the...
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