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Putin Critic Kallas Needs New Estonian Allies to Keep Power

  • Small opposition party holds cards to new coalition in Estonia
  • Popular Premier Kallas may gain even if spat ends in snap vote
Kaja Kallas
Kaja KallasPhotographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg
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Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, known for her fierce criticism of Vladimir Putin and his war in Ukraine, is fighting to stay in power after she dismantled her ruling coalition, saying it lacked unity to face the dangers of Russia.

Kallas’s best chance lies with clinching a deal with the smallest opposition party in parliament -- the conservative Pro Patria -- which has been invited to join her and the Social Democrats in a new ruling alliance. If she fails, she may be headed toward a no confidence vote and possibly a snap election in a country shoring up the eastern fringe of the European Union and NATO.