In the debate on the future of UK and EU, PPUK Leader Loz Kaye outlined a pirates’ vision of a citizens’ Europe in an interview with PirateTimes. In his opinion, Cameron’s initiative sounded threatful to some EU members. The vision of the PPUK for Europe could push the reforms into a complete other direction than Cameron would probably wish. However, PPUK has withdrawn from PPEU founding process, Kaye said in the interview.
In December, the ITU “World Conference on International Telecommunications” was held in Dubai. The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, having over 190 states as members. Numerous controversial proposals find their way onto its desk.
The Swedish Pirate Party is pressing charges against banks in Sweden for presumed acts of discrimination against WikiLeaks. The leaks organisation has been declined receiving donations by several payment providers since 2010. In 2010, donations to WikiLeaks have been blocked by several financial institutes, including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal – and Swedish banks.
In Austria, the General Convention of Pirates, prepared the Party for the upcoming National Council elections in autumn 2013. It emphasised that both Germany and Austria could be electing their parliaments in the same season and where the success and fate of one Pirate Party could influence the results for the other through time-near publicity.
Rodrigo Jorquera, Chairman for the Pirate Party Austria, talked with us about how the Pirates go ahead to refresh austrian politics, the difficulties in rapidly growing movements and austrian plans for PPEU.