Luukas K. Ilves, deputy director and senior fellow at the Lisbon Council, publishes a hard-hitting op-ed on 'Estonia's new European Course', where he runs through the policy promises of Estonia’s extreme right nationalists who are on the verge of entering a coalition government for the first time. The manifesto includes a promise to hold a referendum on Estonia’s EU membership if more power is concentrated in Brussels and a ban on non-Estonians voting in local elections. Says Mr Ilves: "Following parliamentary elections on March 3rd, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and his Keskerakond party (ALDE) are in negotiations with Isamaa (EPP) and euro-skeptic EKRE to form a new governing coalition. The potential coalition has announced they will continue Estonia’s Western-orientation and EU and NATO membership. However, this statement needs to be read side-by-side with EKRE’s electoral programme, which contains a number of points that directly conflict with EU principles and EU and other international obligations."