Pirate Party Building Up More And More Support: 9% Nationwide In Germany

from the not-to-be-discounted dept

A month ago, when the German Pirate Party took 9% of the vote in the Berlin Parliament elections, it was definitely a surprise to a lot of people. Some brushed it off as being just a weird anomaly in a regional election. However, the success and the attention it brought seems to have increased more widespread attention on the entire German Pirate Party, which has now surged to 9% nationally, which currently puts it in 4th place among political parties -- "well ahead of the hard-line socialist Left (Die Linke) party and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP)."

I have no idea if this is sustainable through any actual elections, but it is notable. People are realizing that the Pirate Party is concerned with serious issues -- even as some try to pretend (incorrectly) they just want stuff for free. The regional success seems to have convinced more people nationally that the Party is viable, which could make things interesting if they can keep this momentum going. Along those lines, it's worth noting that Germany has one of the most ridiculous copyright setups imaginable, with GEMA's overbearing nature, and the fact that all major label music is blocked on YouTube over GEMA's policies (whereas pretty much every other country has worked out a licensing deal). It seems that the more draconian you are with copyright, the more it drives interest in efforts like the Pirate Party, which seeks to push back. Countries (and industries) that support stricter copyright might want to take note.

Filed Under: germany, pirate party, politics


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  1. identicon
    black_patriot, 11 Oct 2011 @ 3:11pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Clarity.

    Actually the main reason there aren't that many younger candidates is that many countries have a minimum age before you can hold a position in the legislature. There were several under 30 candidates in the last South Australian election, and their party managed to get around 3.7% of the vote in their district, and in the upper house got 0.8%. That's not much, but the party was local to SA, only had 6 candidates running out of 30 or so possible positions across the state, and the party was only active for a few months before the election.

    I'm sure if there were less restrictions on who could run for office you'd find a lot of younger people willing to put their hat in the ring.

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