Social Dems to Start Merger Negotiations with Russian Party
The Social Democrats have decided to start merger negotiations with the Russian Party in Estonia and are expecting to reach an agreement by mid-January.
“We have decided to take the next step,” Sven Mikser, chairman of the party told ERR radio, adding that currently the party is drafting the initial merger agreement.
Mikser told Postimees that the party had considered all possible accession risks and arrived at the conclusion that reducing polarization among different communities was necessary for the future of Estonian politics.
The programs of the political organizations have enough common ground for future cooperation, Mikser said. “To dispel all fears, I would like to say that the party will not become radical or, as some would like to think, pro-Russian,” he added.
The heads of the parties met for the first time on November 28 and decided to start cooperation negotiations, not ruling out the possibility of merging.