Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) chairman hopeful Helir-Valdor Seeder finds overall that his party's goal in developing the nation state is shared by the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), however the two parties' means to achieving this end differ.
In an interview with Kanal 2 program "Radar," Seeder said that several factors still separate IRL from EKRE, highlighting foreign policy, international cooperation and security policy but not mentioning domestic policy.
"We find close international cooperation and membership in international organizations an indispensable guarantee of Estonian security," he explained. "This is actually a guarantor of Estonia's security."
According to Seeder, IRL's goal in joining the government coalition was to prevent potential damage; he confirmed that as a member of the government, IRL would not allow for dangerous steps to be taken on matters such as language, citizenship and family policy.
Seeder highlighted the gender-neutral Registered Partnership Act, which was driven by the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Reform Party when they were both coalition members. "Our joining this coalition is a guarantor that such changes will not not happen while we are part of the government," he stressed.
Editor: Aili Vahtla