Martin Helme

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Martin Helme

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Minister of Finance
Assumed office
29 April 2019
Prime MinisterJüri Ratas
Preceded byToomas Tõniste
Leader of the parliamentary group, Conservative People's Party
In office
30 March 2015 – 29 April 2019
Succeeded bySiim Pohlak
Member of the Riigikogu
Assumed office
2015
Member of the Tallinn City Council
Assumed office
2017
Personal details
Born (1976-04-24) 24 April 1976 (age 43)
Tallinn, Estonia
Political partyConservative People's Party
RelationsMart Helme (father)
Alma materUniversity of Tartu

Martin Helme (born 24 April 1976) is an Estonian politician and the Minister of Finance since 29 April 2019. From March 2015 to April 2019, he served as the leader of the parliamentary group of the national conservative Conservative People's Party of Estonia. He is the son of the founder and leader of the party, Mart Helme.[1]

After EKRE's inclusion in the governing coalition after the 2019 electoral vote, Helme was appointed to Jüri Ratas' second cabinet as Estonia's finance minister.[2][3]

Political views[edit]

Martin Helme's views have been described as eurosceptic and populist.[4] As one of the key figures in the Conservative People's Party of Estonia, Martin Helme advocates for national conservatism. He has been an opponent of Estonia's membership in the European Union and the use of the Euro as currency.[5] He has claimed that immigration is endangering the sovereignty of European states, including Estonia.[6] Helme has been a vocal critic of the UN's Migration Pact.

In the areas of civil rights, Martin Helme has campaigned against the passing of the cohabitation act in Estonia, which was created to give LGBT couples a chance to register a civil partnership. He has later campaigned to repeal the cohabitation act.[7]

He has been a vocal critic of the freedom to use Russian language in the Estonian educational system by the members of the Russian-speaking minority. He has been against the idea of adding a Russian-language song to the Estonian Song Festival.

Martin Helme - then a board member of EKRE[8] - gained notoriety in 2013 when he expressed his views on immigration during a TV interview Commenting on riots in socially segregated suburbs in Sweden: "Estonia shouldn't allow things to go as far as in England, France and Sweden. Our immigration policy should have one simple rule: if (they're) black, show the door. As simple as that. We shouldn't allow this problem to emerge in the first place."[9] In Estonian, the saying rhymed: ("Kui on must, näita ust."), causing the slogan to get widespread notoriety, with it becoming one of the main slogans connected to EKRE.[10] Martin Helme claimed in March of 2019, that he expressed that saying back in 2013, when he wasn't yet a politician, but since it's become so widespread, it will probably stick with him forever. Nevertheless, he refused to condemn or take back the saying, claiming that he will forever stand against mass immigration.[11]

Our immigration policy should have one simple rule: If black, show the door. We will not even let the problem appear.

I want Estonia to be a white country

I refuse to let politically correct canons to tell me what expressions I can use to express myself in politics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Juhatus - EKRE – Eesti Konservatiivne Rahvaerakond".
  2. ^ Olsen, Jan M.; Tanner, Jari (29 April 2019). "Nationalist party enters Estonia's government". Associated Press. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  3. ^ Gershkovich, Evan (30 April 2019). "Estonia joins the far-right club". Politico. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  4. ^ Tanner, Jari (3 March 2019). "Center-right party tops Estonia vote, but populists win, too". AP NEWS.
  5. ^ "Martin Helme: koos euroliiduga saame ka Venemaa". Arvamus. 23 October 2012.
  6. ^ "EKRE: immigratsioon ohustab Euroopa rahvusriikide suveräänsust". Delfi. 14 May 2015.
  7. ^ Uudised, Uued (17 October 2017). "Debatt riigikogus: Martin Helme selgitab kooseluseaduse tühistamise vajadust". Uued Uudised.
  8. ^ ERR (29 May 2013). "Conservative Politician: If You're Black, Go Back". ERR.
  9. ^ "Martin Helme soovitus immigratsioonipoliitikaks: kui on must, näita ust". Postimees. 29 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Aadu Must koalitsiooniläbirääkimistest EKRE-ga: jälgin mureliku tähelepanuga kõiki arenguid, aga hauda endale ei kaeva". Delfi. 12 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Martin Helme seisukohast "Kui on must, näita ust": see väljend pannakse ilmselt mu hauakivile - Uudised.tv3.ee". uudised.tv3.ee.

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