Reform Party: Playing Safe

Former Prime Minister Andrus Ansip waves a Reform Party flag. (Postimees/Scanpix)
4/28/2014 9:00 AM
Category: News

Unlike its three rivals, the Parliament's largest party has not unveiled ambitions for a second seat, with one seat seemingly guaranteed for all four parties.

Position:

Pro-integration and pro-free-trade agreement with the US. The party's program for the elections seemed to be written before the Ukraine crises erupted, as Ukraine is only mentioned three times, and only in a foreign-policy context, not in a wider security or economic context. Mention of a Tallinn Treaty, which could be signed by EU members in 2018 and would be, in the party's words, one of the union's most significant treaties, is interesting, but more up to the Estonian government than 1-2 MEPs.

Current MEP:

Won 61,000 votes five years ago, winning one seat safely, but 10,000 more would have won them a coveted second seat. Their MEP Kristiina Ojuland was ejected from the party, but not from the European Parliament, last year for allegedly rigging internal elections. She is now running as an independent candidate, but also in the process of creating her own party.

Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, who was elected to the European Parliament as part of the Center Party later quit the party and joined the Reform Party.

Candidates:

Savisaar-Toomast running again this time around (for the Reform Party), alongside many top party names such as former PM Andrus Ansip, ministers Urmas Paet, Jürgen Ligi and Urve Tiidus. Of the heavyweights, only Ansip might take up the position, but only as a warm-up as heir to Siim Kallas, whose term as EU Commissioner ends in the fall.

If history and the polls are correct, the party will win one seat, not two. Kaja Kallas could be the more permanent Reform Party MEP.


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