Conservative People's Party of Estonia

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The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) is a conservative political party in Estonia.

Coalition government

The EKRE made massive gains in the 2019 parliamentary elections, more than doubling its number of seats.[1] In April 2019, EKRE, along with the centrist Center Party and the conservative Pro Patria announced a coalition agreement, though Estonia's president asked their pro-EU election rival to find a government.[2] Estonia's parliament and president approved the proposed coalition, and EKRE's cabinet members were sworn in on April 29, 2019.[3] The party held five out of fifteen ministries, including the interior and finance ministries.[3] Additionally, on May 2, 2019, party leader Mart Helme was appointed First Deputy Prime Minister, meaning he leads cabinet meetings if the prime minister is absent.[4]

An EKRE member of parliament also received the presidency of the country's parliament and removed the EU flag from the chamber shortly after taking office.[5] EKRE's members in the government continued to speak out against EU integration.[6]


The EKRE is Euroskeptic and nationalist, socially conservative, and opposes mass migration. It also supports policies to increase Estonia's birthrate. The party strongly opposes globalism and world government.[7] A conservative party, EKRE's leader Mart Helme has stated that some – though not all – of Marine Le Pen's views, such as on same-sex "marriage" and economic matters, are too left-wing.[8]


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  4. Tanner, Jari (May 2, 2019). Estonia minister calls president ‘emotionally heated woman’. Associated Press. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  5. Reform Party calls on Riigikogu president to bring back EU flags. ERR. April 30, 2019. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  6. Montgomery, Jack (May 20, 2019). Populist Revolt Spreads: Estonia’s New Govt Minister Will Oppose EU Integration. Reuters. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  7. Suyak, Frank (March 13, 2019). Far-right party deputy: 'We are the mainstream in Estonia'. Deutsche Welle. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  8. Some Le Pen views too leftist, says EKRE leader. ERR. May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 9, 2019.

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