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Estonians Face Hard Winter With Energy Turmoil, Premier Says

  • Baltic nation confronts challenges with war, inflation
  • Kallas may come under pressure to ease fiscal stance
Tallinn old town during winter. 

Tallinn old town during winter. 

Photographer:  Slawek Staszczuk/Getty Images

Estonia’s prime minister warned that the Baltic nation will confront a harrowing winter as the highest inflation rate in the euro area collides with an energy crunch forced on it by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

“We’re facing tough times ahead due to energy,” Kaja Kallas, the nation’s 44-year-old head of government, told Bloomberg News in an interview in Tallinn on Thursday. “We will probably see even higher prices than we saw last winter -- and that’s very concerning.”