Pirate Party Germany

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Pirate Party Germany
Piratenpartei Deutschland
Leader Patrick Schiffer.jpg
Patrick Schiffer
Founded September 10, 2006
Headquarters Berlin
Youth wing Junge Piraten
Membership 29 327 (837 floating members)[1]
Ideology Freedom of Information, privacy, copyright and patent reform, transparency of government, education
International affiliation Pirate Parties International
Colours Orange/Black
Website
piratenpartei.de
Politics of Germany
Political parties

The Pirate Party Germany (German: Piratenpartei Deutschland; short: PIRATEN, "Pirates") is a political party in Germany based on the model of the Swedish Piratpartiet.[2][3]

Party Platform[change | change source]

The party opposes the loss of civil rights in telephony and on the Internet, in particular the rules for keeping information about telephone calls and Germany's new Internet censorship law called Zugangserschwerungsgesetz. It also opposes artificial monopolies and various measures of surveillance of citizens.

The party favours the civil right to information privacy and reforms of copyright, education, computer science and genetic patents.

It wants more open and transparent government, and the electronic inspection and control of government operations by the citizen.[4]

History[change | change source]

Development of membership
(dated: April 15, 2010)

The party was founded on 10 September 2006. Party leader has been Patrick Schiffer since August 2016. Previous leaders were among others Sebastian Nerz, Dirk Hillbrecht, Jens Seipenbusch and Christof Leng.

In February 2009, the village spokesperson of Hohenstein, a city councillor in Strausberg, Jens Knoblich joined the Pirate Party Germany.[5][6] In June 2009, Bundestag member Jörg Tauss, who has been charged with the crime of child pornography possession and distribution, left the SPD and joined the Pirate Party[7] after the Zugangserschwerungsgesetz was passed. He said that while he supports the fight against child pornography, the means are unacceptable. In late August 2009, Herbert Rusche, one of the founding members of the German Green Party and, in the 1980s, the first openly homosexual member of parliament in Germany, joined the Pirate Party.[8][9]

Election results[change | change source]

2009 German Federal election[change | change source]

On 27 September 2009, the PIRATEN received 2.0% (845,904 votes) in the 2009 German federal election. This result means that the party failed to secure any seat in the Bundestag, however this was also the best result among the parties who did not achieve the required 5% threshold. Among the first-time male voters the party received 13%.[10]

The election results in 2009 means the party still qualifies for some government funding of campaign finance.[11]

2009 European Parliament election[change | change source]

Election results in the 2009 European Parliament election

It received 229,117 votes in the 2009 European Parliament election, which was 0.9%, but not enough (at least 5%) for a seat.[12][13][14] The number of party members has increased since then. As of March 2010, the party had over 12,000 members.[15]

German State and Regional elections[change | change source]

On 30 August 2009, the PIRATEN received 1.9% in the 2009 Saxony state election. On the same day, the party also received one seat in each council in the local elections of Münster and Aachen, although candidates of the party ran for office only in some constituencies of both cities.[16]

Support for The PIRATEN differs between States. The party received 1.8% in the 2009 Schleswig-Holstein state election and 1,5% in the 2010 North Rhine-Westphalia state election (though without securing seats[17][18]), but only 0.5% in the 2009 Hesse state election and did not participate in the 2009 Brandenburg and Saarland state elections

References[change | change source]

  1. "Protokoll BuVo-Sitzung 16.01.2014" (in German). Vorstand Piratenpartei. 30 January 2014. https://verwaltung.piratenpartei.de/issues/2660. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  2. Steinke, Peter (December 19, 2008), "Wahlleiter lässt kleine Parteien zu: Freie Fahrt für die Piraten", Frankfurter Rundschau, http://www.fr-online.de/top_news/?em_cnt=1648147&em_cnt_page=1 (German).
  3. Hauck, Mirjam (September 17, 2009), "Razzia wegen Bundestrojaner: Bedingt abhörbereit", Süddeutsche Zeitung, http://www.sueddeutsche.de/computer/557/310486/text/ (German).
  4. Electoral program of the Piratenpartei (English version)
  5. "Erstes Mandat für die Piratenpartei" (in German). Berliner Morgenpost. 6 February 2009. http://www.morgenpost.de/printarchiv/brandenburg/article1028950/Erstes_Mandat_fuer_die_Piratenpartei.html. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  6. "Piratenpartei zieht in Parlament in Brandenburg ein" (in German). Märkische Allgemeine. dpa. 5 February 2009. http://www.maerkischeallgemeine.de/cms/beitrag/11423863/2242247/Piratenpartei-zieht-in-Parlament-in-Brandenburg-ein-Zum.html. Retrieved 2009-06-20.[dead link]
  7. "Lawmaker quits German governing party over Internet curbs aimed at halting child porn". The Canadian Press / AP. Yahoo. June 20, 2009. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090620/world/eu_germany_internet_curbs. Retrieved 2009-06-20.[dead link]
  8. "Mitgründer der Grünen wird Pirat". 27 August 2009. http://www.piratenpartei.de/Pressemitteilung/Mitgr%C3%BCnder_der_Gr%C3%BCnen_wird_Pirat. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  9. "Grünen-Gründer Rusche wechselt zur Piratenpartei", Bild Zeitung, 27 August 2009, http://www.bild.de/BILD/regional/frankfurt/dpa/2009/08/27/gruenengruender-rusche-wechselt-zur-piratenpartei.html (German).
  10. Allen, Kristen (28 September 2009), "Pirate Party fires broadside at German political establishment", The Local, http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20090928-22209.html.
  11. Gesamtübersicht Feststezung der staatlichen Teilfinanzierung für das Jahr 2009 gemäß §§ 18 ff. PartG (in German), dated: 21 January 2010.
  12. "EU Parliament Elections 2009 poll results for Germany". 2009. http://www.elections2009-results.eu/en/germany_en.html. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  13. http://www.bundeswahlleiter.de/en/europawahlen/EU_BUND_09/ergebnisse/bundesergebnisse/b_tabelle_99.html
  14. Carp, Ossi (2009-06-09). "Piratpartiets framgång internationell nyhet" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. http://www.dn.se/fordjupning/europa2009/piratpartiets-framgang-internationell-nyhet-1.887459. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
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  16. Piraten ziehen in Stadträte ein (German), gulli.com, 30 August 2009
  17. "Endgültiges Ergebnis für Nordrhein-Westfalen" (in German). Landtagswahl 2010. Die Landeswahlleiterin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. http://www.wahlergebnisse.nrw.de/landtagswahlen/2010/aktuell/dateien/a000lw1000.html. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  18. http://www.statistik-sh.de/WSD09/LW09/la_4_2_5.htm

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