EKRE leader: Es­to­nia should waive EU help, leave the union

The Baltic Times - - FRONT PAGE - BNS/TBT Staff

Mart Helme, chair­man of the Es­to­nian Con­ser­va­tive Peo­ple’s Party (EKRE), said that Es­to­nia should give up the sup­port of­fered by the Euro­pean Union and con­sider leav­ing the union.

“Es­to­nia should give up the money com­ing from Europe. The fund­ing has cor­rupted our econ­omy and has been used ex­ten­sively on all sorts of point­less things,” Helme said in an in­ter­view pub­lished in the LP week­end sup­ple­ment of Eesti Pae­valeht. He added that Es­to­nia could man­age very well with­out EU sup­port.

“In a way, we are like Ja­pan or Ger­many after the Sec­ond World War -- our econ­omy is largely a waste­land. In­vest­ments must be made and the most mod­ern tech­nol­ogy must be put to use,” Helme said.

The EKRE chair­man said that So­cial Democrats, who are the main­stay of the govern­ment, have never estab­lished how to make more money, only how to spend it.

“Our idea is sim­ple: the econ­omy must grow and money must be gen­er­ated. To get grow­ing, we must elim­i­nate all ob­sta­cles,” Helme said.

Helme said that the EU is mov­ing more and more to­wards to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism. “We want to turn that around. There must be as lit­tle state reg­u­la­tion as pos­si­ble and as much as is nec­es­sary.”

With seven seats in the 101-seat Ri­igikogu, op­po­si­tion EKRE is the small­est of the po­lit­i­cal forces rep­re­sented in the Es­to­nian par­lia­ment.

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