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Estonians Vote as Euroskeptics Threaten to Shake Up Politics

  • Top parties in tight battle for first bid to form government
  • Strong showing by populist party may snarl coalition talks
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Estonians are voting in general elections, with the two top political forces battling for the first chance to forge a new government and a rising populist party vying to upset a political landscape that’s trying to deal with a $230-billion money-laundering scandal.

Prime Minister Juri Ratas’s Center Party and the opposition Reform Party were neck-and-neck in opinion polls, pledging to remain faithful members of NATO and the European Union but clashing over taxation and education. In third place, the anti-immigrant, euroskeptic EKRE party is seeking to stir voter anger over the dirty-cash case involving Danske Bank A/S, a scandal that sent waves across Europe but remained a side-issue in the campaign.