Erik Moora, editor-in-chief of Eesti Ekspress, Estonia’s largest weekly, said after the president’s Independence Day speech on Friday that Kaljulaid saw herself as a constructive person that would rather try to find solutions than complain.
“I think the most important issue for all of the Estonian people in this speech was the question who our president really is, as she gives away her personality and herself the most in these great, long, thoroughly written speeches,” Moora said.
He pointed out that the president’s speech was broken up into several topical blocks, in each of which she suggested solutions to problems.
“We’ve seen that as president, Kaljulaid sees herself as someone very constructive, who sees solutions where others would complain and grab the opportunity to condemn the politicians,” Moora said, the latter comment an ever so slight sideswipe in the direction of her predecessor, Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
Rather than investing herself into complaining and pointing out the most glaring issues, she approached things from the point of view that there indeed was a solution, and that people needed to look for it, Moora added.
“In some cases she offered very detailed, new, and fresh solutions. For example how to deal with social policy issues on the community level. In some cases she looked for the solution also in the reconciliation of different sides,” Moora said. Where she talked about the ‘behavioral space’ of the Estonian nation, she talked about the greatest disagreements in society, where both ends of the debate were very rigid. “The president connected these two sides and showed that in the end, these solutions and questions are still decided by meeting half way.”
Editor: Dario Cavegn