Finland Pirate Party Wins Municipal Seats

The Pirate Party of Finland is finally beginning to reap the fruits of its long-standing efforts to establish itself in the political arena, rejoices Tiina Malinen, a deputy chairperson of the party’s district organisation in Pirkanmaa. The Pirate Party won its first two seats in the municipal elections held on Sunday, after coming up empty-handed in the first three elections organised after its foundation in 2008. Read the whole article here.
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Iceland Pirate Party Want EU Talks Referendum

The Pirate Party have put forth an EU referendum proposal to restart negotiations with the European Union, reports RÚV. The Pirate Party suggest a referendum for the spring of 2018, with the simple question: “Would you like the government to restart accession negotiations with the European Union for Iceland’s possible membership?” With two simple options, Yes or No. Read the whole article here.
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Australia Pirate Party Opposes Minister’s Action

In an epic violation of trust, Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge has intentionally given out a Centrelink client's personal information to Fairfax media, as a part of a political campaign to discredit and silence Australians speaking out against the nightmare of Centrelink's debt recovery program... 'By releasing personal information to "correct the record", Centrelink and federal government MPs and officials have set a dangerous precedent when it comes to handling the information of Australians' said Pirate Party Deputy President, Michael Keating. 'This action shows the federal government's intent with…
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Dutch Pirate Party Qualifies for March 15 Ballot

"On March 15, The Netherlands will hold their Lower House elections.  With the deadline drawing closer, aspiring political parties are scrambling to ensure they make it on the voter’s ballots. To do so, they need enough support from the Dutch districts, as well as pay an 11,250 Euro security to the electoral council. The Dutch Pirate party, together with three other political parties, gained the necessary support and funds to ensure they are included on the March 15 ballots." Read the full article here.
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Are Pirate Parties relevant to Europe?

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…
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Iceland gets new govt, could restart EU talks

"In the Oct. 29 election, the radical Pirate Party, which calls for direct democracy and digital freedom, tripled its vote and won 10 parliamentary seats. But many Icelanders also voted for continuity, in the form of Benediktsson's Independents, who had formed part of the previous coalition government. Since election day there have been three failed attempts to form coalitions, including one led by the Pirates." Read the full article from the AP here.
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