A matter more funny is the excitement in Estonian political officials as they spread the tales just mentioned by you. All astir, they talk about me linked to money laundering, terrorists, Israeli intelligence, that I’m a Russian double agent, mediate assassinations. Whoever really wants to know things from me, let him just ask. I have never had problems answering questions, publicly.
Same stuff as before, more or less. My concern, today, is the passivity and toothlessness of foreign policy. More actively than before, I want to help shape IRL’s foreign political statements and initiatives; at the moment, I’m working at the wording or IRL’s national economic platform.
Hints at political officials, hints at passivity and toothlessness. You’re not criticising the coalition are you?
Anyone with a conscience is always slightly critical towards his government. Things can always be done better. I will admit, however, that some politicians and officials have lately been overly busy holding on to their positions and landing the domestic political blows – not standing for Estonia’s long-term interests. I hope the EU elections period will at least blow some fresh winds into ideas exchange and essential debate.
Why did you decide to run for European Parliament?
In order to secure success for Western-minded forces standing for Estonian national interests. I am not aiming at No 1 in IRL list; but I do want to give my all that campaign will not drown in euro-hubble-bubble-boredom.
Not to obtain MEP immunity, then?
No. There is no need for that whatsoever. I will perfectly manage defending my own self.
Who would fit better, for EU commissioner – Andrus Ansip or Juhan Parts?
In my opinion, Juhan Parts has many times the straightforwardness, capability and personality than any other candidate. Regrettably, however, a problem in democracy has always been that, for political reasons, it is always the guy with less opposition who gets chosen, not the one you should stand for. That breeds the meritocracy effect, resulting, among other things, in the current dearth of real leaders in Europe.