EP Elections Will Renew Political Landscape, Expert Says ({{commentsTotal}})

Janek Mäggi
Janek Mäggi Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

The European Parliament elections will forecast the internal power structure of parties for next year's parliamentary elections, says public relations expert Janek Mäggi.

“The long-term formation of the Estonian political landscape is currently taking place,” Mäggi told ERR radio on Monday, adding that this week's elections will have an impact.

He said internal battles such as Yana Toom versus Mihhail Stalnuhhin of the Center Party and IRL's two front-runners, Ene Ergma and Tunne Kelam, will be interesting to watch.

Commenting on the somewhat meager support for Edgar Savisaar, Andrus Ansip and Kaja Kallas in TNS Emor polls, Mäggi said people have grown tired of the three.

He said the political landscape has split in two, with right-wing and social democrats on one side, and the Center Party and Indrek Tarand on the other side.

According to recent poll projections, the Center Party will receive two seats, each of the other parliamentary parties one seat, and Indrek Tarand, who according to Mäggi will steal votes from IRL, the Reform Party and the Social Democrats, will retain his independent mandate.