An apology - in so many words - from Prime Minister Andrus Ansip yesterday has one government critic seeing light at the end of the tunnel amidst the current frosty relations.
Ahto Lobjakas, one of the 17 signers of "Charter 12," which blasted the government for an alleged lack of dialogue, said it could be "the first step toward something important and more virtuous, but only if followed by subsequent steps."
He said the gesture was welcomed, but added that apart from lack of communication, the government needed to address the issues that were "concealed by the lack of communication."
In an interview on November 15, Ansip was asked by uudised.err.ee whether it would be better to publicly apologize - "to clear the air and increase the credibility of potential legislative amendments in connection to party financing."
"Yes, I apologize," answered Ansip tersely.
Asked what the background for the growing rhetoric against his administration was, Ansip said the financial crisis had affected society widely.
"Many people over Europe are getting their angst out by protesting, and writing and signing protest letters. These processes taking place all over Europe are also taking place in Estonia, in a slightly milder form," Ansip said.