Are Pirate Parties relevant to Europe?

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In the 2016 parliamentary elections in Iceland, the Pirate Party celebrated its largest ever electoral success, winning 14.5 percent of the popular vote and securing 10 of the 63 seats in the Althing. While the Icelandic Pirate Party is now considered the most successful Pirate Party in Europe, the result could have turned out even better. In April 2016, amidst the height of the Panama Papers scandal that saw Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson resign from office, several opinion polls projected that the Pirates could capture as much as 43% of the popular vote. With both the Independence Party and the Left-Greens having failed to form a government, the Pirate party was given the task in early December. Currently, the negotiations are still locked in a stalemate, raising the possibility of new election.

Given the success of the Icelandic Pirates, it is worth asking how relevant pirate parties are for the rest of Europe…

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