The European Parliament has long been criticized for a lack of transparency, both in the drafting and decision making, as well as in the chances it leaves for citizens to understand how the parliament really works. In an attempt to increase the transparency, MEP Amelia Andersdotter from the Swedish Pirate Party has started a series of documentary webisodes, that recently started its second season.
Pirates in two countries have had to face disappointing results in recent elections. While the Swiss and the Czechs are still celebrating recent electoral victories the Pirates of Finland and the ACT region in Australia must recharge their spirits from the recent low results.
INDECT recieved another blow this weekend when joined forces of European Pirate Parties and Anonymous took the streets in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Portugal, France and other countries in Europe and elsewhere in what was called “#OpINDECT”. Pirates campaigned against INDECT with a wide variety of protests, including information booths, role-playing and giving away flyers.
Last year’s national elections, they took 1.92%, the best result until now for the Pirates in Switzerland. Piraten Basel are confident the votes are there to reach 4%.
We are hearing a lot about Sweden recently because of their massive influx of new members . But what of the other Nordic countries? It looks like Finland will be making the headlines in the coming days. The Finnish Pirates are fielding 300 candidates in 40 different municipalities in the municipal elections that are being held on Sunday 28 October 2012.
How does it feel to be a Pirate in Rajoy’s homeland? The expression “Ben feito Piratas” (“well done Pirates” in the Galician language) describes in one phrase the final assessment of the first electoral participation for Piratas de Galicia.
One of the reasons for Germany’s Pirate success is the use of a type of local meeting called a Stammtisch (a table in a bar for regulars). If there are enough Pirates in your local geographical area, who would enjoy meeting up on a regular basis, then you can think about setting up a Stammtisch.
The Czechs have their first elected Pirate Senator. Pirates worldwide will be rejoicing with PPCZ as they celebrate Libor Michálek’s success in the senatorial elections. Famous, in his own country, as a whistle blower for exposing corruption in 1996 when he worked for the National Property Fund.