Center Party Chairman Edgar Savisaar said he met his Social Democrat (SDE) counterpart Jevgeni Ossinovski repeatedly in the summer, with Ossinovski proposing to create a new coalition.
In an interview with Kesknädal, the Center Party's official newspaper, Savisaar said he met with the heads of all the parties, except for IRL. He said he did not meet Taavi Rõivas, saying he is not really in charge, while he met other Reform Party members instead.
Speaking about Ossinovski, Savisaar said he was urged to enter into a new coalition with the Social Democrats that excludes Reform Party, by Ossinovski.
Savisaar said Ossinovski promised to talk the Free Party and IRL into a coalition between the four parties. Savisaar added that Ossinovski thought the Reform Party could not purchase him, but still managed to. Savisaar said he does not know the price, adding that maybe other SDE members, such as Eiki Nestor, were influenced instead.
SDE held a council meeting a few weeks ago, to decide whether to continue in the coalition with the Reform Party and IRL, or to look for other opportunities. The party chose to continue. Ossinovski had criticized the Reform Party and the coalition agreement, but said after the vote that he did vote to continue in the government. He then recalled three out of four SDE ministers, taking a ministerial post himself.
With EKRE taking seven seats in Parliament, and all others refusing to work with them, saying EKRE is too radical, there is little room for political maneuvering in Parliament.
Any majority coalition would need either the Reform Party (30 seats from 101) or the Center Party (27 seats).
IRL has refused to work with the Center Party, at least until Savisaar resigns as party head, which is unlikely to happen, decreasing the number of alternatives even more. The only other viable choices are a Reform Party-Center Party coalition, which is unlikely due to differences in defense and foreign policy leanings or a Reform Party-IRL-Free Party coalition (52 seats).
Editor: J.M. Laats