German Pirate Party Scores Another Electoral Victory: Gets 4 Seats In State Parliament
from the german-pirates dept
It's also important to note that the campaign in this case didn't focus on copyright issues (even with ACTA still being a hot topic in Germany). Instead the campaign focused on "transparent government, access to education as a prerequisite, and the right of the people to actively partake in the decision making process." If the Pirate Party is actually going to grow, I think it's important for it to do much more to highlight its position on these kinds of issues, so it's good that this resonated. I've said in the past -- and I know plenty of people disagree with me -- that I think the Pirate Party's name, while good for getting it initial attention, has the potential to limit its effectiveness and appeal in the longterm, in part because I didn't think people would take its other policy issues (which have always been a part of the Party's efforts) seriously. However, if they worked here, that's surprising, but encouraging.