With a little over a week to go now until polling day in Estonia, parties are entering the finishing straight in the electoral race.
All the ratings, debates, opinion pieces and interviews which have bedecked our page and the Estonian media as a whole in recent weeks, have perhaps made it harder, not easier, to keep up top of everything.
However, since Friday is a national holiday in Estonia, and the advance voting period starts on Monday, now is as good a time as any to take stock and get a bit more clarity.
Luckily, representatives of all the parties have been on hand to give us a comprehensive, but friendly, introduction in English, and to camera, of some of the faces behind the parties, and how they see the impending elections.
Via a series of video chats, readers can see and hear, and judge for themselves, candidates' thoughts and impressions, not to mention personalities and policies.
All the major parties running are featured, namely (in alphabetical order by candidate name, with party and role):
- Lea Danilson-Järg (Isamaa, current Minister of Justice).
- Piret Hartman (SDE, current Minister of Culture).
- Martin Helme (EKRE, party leader, former finance minister).
- Kaja Kallas (Reform Party, Prime Minister of Estonia and party leader).
- Kristina Kallas (Eesti 200, party deputy leader and co-founder).
- Tanel Kiik (Center Party, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, former health minister).
- Lavly Perling (Parempoolsed, party leader).
- Johanna Tõugu (Estonian Greens, party co-chair).
So far as we can ascertain, this is the first such series of video interviews ERR News has put up ahead of a Riigikogu election, in the twelve-and-a-half years of its existence. We're sorry it took so long…
All the interviews will publish simultaneously under ERR's terms of fair coverage, so watch this space soon for the full series…
Editor: Andrew Whyte