Two conservative politicians who have announced plans to found a new political party said today that Estonia's next Cabinet must actively start dealing with the issue of Tallinn, because the capital has started to take up the characteristics of its own state.
"The events in Ukraine unfailingly show the places where the Estonian state is vulnerable. Before, there might have been doubt, but now it's completely clear: Tallinn has become a burning security problem for Estonia," write Andres Herkel and Jüri Saar in the piece in Postimees.
"Tallinn can be seen as Estonia's Crimea, as the Tallinn autonomous oblast if you will, which is aspiring step by step to the hallmarks of a state. That may seem like hyperbole, but the facts tell a different story.
"The fact that our right-of-center government, which prizes "stability", has merely winked at developments in our capital, is an inexcusable regional and security policy miscalculation. For the third straight election period — more than eight years — Tallinn city authorities have been at loggerheads with the national government. It has created a social and political environment with rules different to the rest of Estonia. It's exactly the way the self-appointed local government in Crimea positions itself against Kyiv and sells out to Moscow.
"It remains to be seen when this oblast will announce that it believes the central government is not the legitimate authority in Tallinn and calls on assistance from neighbouring country's forces."
The writers call for the drafting of a National Capital Act that would define Tallinn's place in the country and keep it from competing with central government. They also proposed administrative reform to divide Tallinn into several municipalities.