Parties step up election campaigns ({{commentsTotal}})

With parliamentary elections only 53 days away political parties have stepped up ad campaigns and rhetoric.

Social Democrats and IRL both said their principle contrast the Reform Party the most, the Center Party has picked the previous Reform Party-IRL coalition government as its greatest opponent and the Reform Party said it disagrees most with the Center Party.

The Reform Party unveiled its double-decker campaign bus, decked out in yellow with a large picture of Party Chairman, and PM, Taavi Rõivas and the slogan “Firmly forward.” The bus also acts as a cafe, which is not an original idea after both Mart Laar and Edgar Savisaar have had cafes named after them during election periods.

Reform Party Secretary General Martin Kukk said they do not approve of the Center Party's pro-Kremlin leaning and their take on security policies.

The Center Party, second after the Reform Party at both the 2011 and 2007 parliamentary elections, is going with a “We will do it differently” slogan, aimed at the last right-wing government. “With Tallinn as an example we have shown things can be done differently,” Kukk's Center Party counterpart Priit Toobal said, adding that they also are planning to open cafes.

Social Democrat Inderk Saar said they have gone with similar, but not identical slogans, for the ethnic Estonian and ethnic Russian demographics.

“The principle difference is whether the state deals with people, or with houses and cars. And whether the (governing) models which were successful in 2009 also have perspective in 2015 and in the future,” Saar said, commenting on why SDE has named the Reform Party as its greatest opponent, despite the fact that the two parties are currently in a coalition together.

Juhan Parts, IRL's candidate for the PM position, said the Center Party has been its main target, but the rivalry with the Reform Party has top priority now.

IRL is going with “Better education, a better job, a better salary” as its slogan.

The Conservative Peoples' Party has been the most visible non-Parliament party so far, with giant outdoor ads featuring its candidates and the slogan “It is time!”

According to self-published estimates, the Social Democrats plan to spend around 500,000 euros while others have earmarked double that on election campaigns.

Editor: L. Viirand, J.M. Laats



Opinion
Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.