Female minister, 34, tapped to become Finland’s youngest PM

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A 34-year-old transport minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland’s youngest prime minister ever and its third female government leader.

Finland’s ruling Social Democratic Party council voted 32-29 late Sunday to name Sanna Marin over rival Antti Lindtman to take over the government’s top post from incumbent Antti Rinne.

Having emerged as Finland’s largest party in the April election, the Social Democrats can appoint one of their own to the post of prime minister in the Nordic nation of 5.5 million.

Estonia's opposition Reform Party wins general election

03 Mar 2019; DW: Estonia's opposition Reform Party won the country's parliamentary election on Sunday, pulling off a surprising upset over center-left Prime Minister Juri Ratas's Center Party.

The economically liberal Reform Party secured 28.8 percent of the vote, according to final results posted online by the State Electoral Office.

Estonia goes to the polls amidst far-right surge

Estonia's mainstream parties are polling ahead of the nationalist EKRE party, which still looks likely to make major gains. One of the main issues facing the country is the emigration of highly skilled workers.

Estonians headed to the polls on Sunday as Prime Minister Juri Ratas and his Center Party face off against the moderately conservative Reform Party. Also contesting the election is the far-right nationalist Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), which looks poised to make major gains on its 2015 results.

Pope acknowledges abuse scandals driving people from church


TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church were driving people away and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations.

Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing his papacy on the fourth and final day of his Baltic pilgrimage, which coincided with the release of a devastating new report into decades of sex abuse and cover-up in Germany.

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