Sunday, May 26 is European parliament elections day in Estonia, elections which come at a time of uncertainty over the future of the union perhaps unprecedented in its history. Broadcast live at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, ERR News' Andrew Whyte moderated an eight-strong panel discussion, covering some of the issues and personalities in the mix.
Estonia recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of EU accession. Since then, challenges facing both the EU and Estonia have included economic upheaval, migration crises, a resurgent Russia, as evidenced by the annexation of the Crimea region and ongoing insurgent fighting in eastern Ukraine, climate change, plus of course Brexit.
Unlike at the March general election, the several thousand EU citizens registered as resident in Estonia can vote here, in the European election, on May 26, or via advance voting online.
ERR News assembled several key candidates for a panel discussion ahead of Election Day. Three of them are sitting MEPs who have already spent time in Brussels and other key EU hubs and are seeking reelection; the others are all candidates also in the running for one of the six seats Estonia holds, in the 751-seat European Parliament.
The panel consisted of:
- Lauri Hussar (Estonia 200)
- Peep Mardiste (Estonian Greens)
- Erik Orgu (Independent)
- Urmas Paet MEP (Reform)
- Anti Poolamets (EKRE)
- Indrek Tarand MEP (SDE)
- Kätlin Kuldmaa (Isamaa)
- Yana Toom MEP (Centre)
The video of the discussion is above, should anyone wish to re-watch, or ineed watch for the first time.
Editor: Andrew Whyte