That's actually not wholly true, the EP can't write law proposals, but it along with the council, needs to confirm law proposals before they go into law, and can rewrite them (again, along with the council).
I would disagree with that, there were also concerned about ACTA being bad for trade with knock-of medicine for 3rd World countries and concerns about the patentability of genes and lifeforms expressed during the ACTA protests (even though they did take a back seat to digital rights.
This interview clears some aspects of this up (in German): http://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article109312559/Mit-feindlicher-Netz-Reaktion-habe-ich-gerechnet.html
And this blog post brings up some other, different perspective (in German, too): http://blog.fefe.de/?ts=aea722a5
As regards the pricing: that is pretty normal for Germany, books are massively more expensive here than in the US/UK, and E-books haven't really taken off here because they are bound to the same pricing laws as physical books (which is kinda stupid, but at least kept more independent bookshops in business than you have elsewhere, which in itself is also stupid, but on a more understandable level I guess).
So us Pirate Party folks should have waited 6 years, Terrorist party has a much nicer ring to it!
Well, Germany, Holland, France, Poland, ... all have national IDs, so I do not think those spell the end of all freedom. Brits (and Dutch as well) are way to uncritical towards CCTV though from my German PoV.
Since the Dutch governing coalition broke two weeks ago there will are upcoming elections on September 12th. The PPNL is at 1% in the polls without having started campaigning, this may come back to hurt Brein / the efforts of the MPAA and RIAA in the Netherlands big time.
Noteworthy is also that the Netherlands are the first country in Europe to have passed a net neutrality law - one day before the verdict against PPNL was issued.
PPUK ran for the last municipal elections in a few select cities, getting 3-5% where they ran (Giving hope for the next EP elections). They are in dire need of activists, maybe you should consider joining them?
At the demonstration itself there were 20 policeman and only 3 demonstrators (but it sorta got cancelled before, so that picture may not be entirely accurate). Still, the original point still stands.
Thing is, even if we changed the name we would not be known by the new name, but everybody would still call us Pirate Party. We would essentially be giving the interpretation about what 'Pirate' means in a political context up to our enemies, however.
Well, we also have been on German state and private TV every day in prime time (or late prime time) in some way or another for a week or two. But you focus on ?sterreich and the fact that it is a tabloid.
Well, it certainly helped those elements within the other parties that partly stand close to our issues to have their voices heard more, so our issues get pushed into the other parties as well. Does not seem to hurt us, however. (I am a German pirate party member)
Not to mention that if you equate socialism (which usually is social-democracy in Europe) and authoritarian, Soviet-style communism (or the Yugoslav, Cuban or Chinese variants) you are just being stupid. By that logic the US was fighting the commies by the sides of commies (as Western Europe essentially became social-democratic after WW2, no matter whether the ruling party was conservative, liberal (=libertarian in US-terms) or socialist)