Jaak Madison (born 22 April 1991) is an Estonian politician, the deputy chairman of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia and a member the European Parliament, where he is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.
Madison in 2018
|Member of the European Parliament|
|Assumed office |
2 July 2019
|Born||22 April 1991|
|Political party||Conservative People's Party of Estonia|
Madison was elected to the parliament in 2015 election with 1883 votes. In April 2017, he was elected as the deputy chairman of the party. In 2019 he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament with 22 819 votes.
In March 2015, media reported about Madison’s old blog post which defended the economic aspects of the Nazi regime. He had written: "It is true that there were concentration camps, forced labour camps, games with gas chambers were being played, but at the same time such a 'strict' order brought Germany at the time out of a thorough shithole, because development, that admittedly concentrated primarily on the development of the military industry, brought the country only within a couple of years to one of the most powerful in Europe."
His blog post further claimed that while Madison did not seek to justify Nazi mass murders, he nonetheless felt that the Holocaust had 'positive aspects'. The media also cited his comments from spring 2014 that "It is unfortunately a fact that only now it is being more widely understood and recognized that a national purification is needed, that would create premises that exactly those pro-Estonian ones would gain superiority among the Russians". This was largely condemned by public and the Reform Party, which left EKRE out of the coalition talks. The PM Taavi Rõivas pointed out it was causing him grief that a young politician treated Nazism that had caused so much suffering to people in a justifying manner and wondered, whether sugarcoating fascism and ridiculing crimes against humanity was a general line of Madison's party.[clarification needed]
Madison raised controversy again later in March, when he was fined for retaining a passenger’s lost smartphone, which he should have placed in "lost and found" and selling it online while working for ferry company Tallink. In April, some female workers of Tallink also accused Madison of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Tallink launched an internal investigation of the incidents, whilst Madison called the accusations absurd.
In May 2019, during an interview with The Guardian, he did not disown his earlier views from 2015 about praising the "positive aspects" Nazi Germany - his explanation being, that "pushing people to camps was wrong", but the unemployment rate "was low".
In August 2019, Madison used the term "Final Solution" within the context of Syrian refugees, using the phrase "Die endgültige Lösung ist erforderlich.". The same phrase was used in Nazi Germany, which caused the action to make headlines. Madison protected the saying, claiming he doesn't want the Holocaust or concentration camps, but an end to the refugee crisis.
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- "Eestist valitud Euroopa Parlamendi liikmed on teada". Pärnu Postimees. 27 May 2019.
- "Jaak Madison: ei ole olemas riigikordi, mis on üdini halvad". Sakala. 3 March 2015.
- "Sotsiaalmeedias levib veel üks EKRE poliitiku vastakaid arvamusi tekitav postitus". ERR. 3 March 2015.
- "New MP Madison in trouble again, this time for minor embezzlement". ERR. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "Tallink alustas Jaak Madisoni ahistamisloo asjus sisejuurdlust". Postimees. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
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- Walker, Shaun (21 May 2019). "Racism, sexism, Nazi economics: Estonia's far right in power" – via www.theguardian.com.
- Uudised, Uued (2 August 2019). "Jaak Madison: ma ei soovi holocausti ega koonduslaagreid, vaid lahendust rändekriisile, mis hävitab Euroopat". Uued Uudised.
- Tambur, Silver (2 August 2019). "Estonian radical MEP calls for a "final solution" against immigrants in Europe".
- Rothwell, James (2 August 2019). "Estonian MEP calls for 'final solution' to Syrian refugee crisis". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 September 2019.