A Wind of Change – Iceland, Brazil, UK, France, USA

A Wind of Change – Iceland, Brazil, UK, France, USA

During the past weeks, there has been a democratic wind blowing across the world. Several countries have taken to protest and direct action to demand more democracy. In Iceland the Prime Minister has left office, in Brazil the lower chamber voted to impeach the Prime Minister, and in the UK demands are being made for the Prime Minister to resign. Old politics is meeting a more connected and demanding […]

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Head of Berlin Pirate Party Jailed Over Erdogan Protest

Head of Berlin Pirate Party Jailed Over Erdogan Protest

This post is also available in Russian. Bruno Kramm, the head of the Berlin branch of Germany’s Pirate Party, was arrested yesterday for ‘insulting a representative of a foreign state’. During a protest he had quoted a satirical poem by the comedian, Jan Boehmermann. Police arrested Kramm in front of the Turkish embassy in Berlin. The arrest came during a protest against the German government’s […]

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1.500 European Local Authorities Declared TTIP Free Zones

1.500 European Local Authorities Declared TTIP Free Zones

Negotiators working on the TTIP want the job to be done quickly, before Obama’s end of presidency in USA. However, a very significant movement of local authorities are rising all around Europe against this treaty between EU-US. More than 1500 regions, municipalities, local governments and councils in European countries have already passed motions declaring themselves as TTIP/CETA/TiSA-free zones! Many of the representatives of these authorities (together with activists, NGOs […]

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Icelandic Status Quo: Out With the Old, In With the Old

Icelandic Status Quo: Out With the Old, In With the Old

The Schrödinger’s PM is out of the box. He is apparently alive and in good spirit. A new PM has been sworn into office. In fact, nothing has changed in Iceland! Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced that he stepped down from his post as Prime Minister but will remain as the Chairman of the Progressive Party and still sit in the Parliament as a normal MP. […]

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Pirate Party Iceland and Their Path to Popularity

Pirate Party Iceland and Their Path to Popularity

The Pirate Party Iceland (PPIS) was formed only 3.5 years ago. In 2013 three of their Pirates were elected into parliament (5.1%) and have, together with their party, now managed to shake up a nation. For the past year PPIS have consistently polled more than 30%, making them the most popular party in Iceland. The Pirate Times has continually reported on the progress of the […]

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Pirate Party Iceland Polling at 43%, Almost a Majority

Pirate Party Iceland Polling at 43%, Almost a Majority

After leading the polls for almost a year, the Pirate Party of Iceland has reached their highest result with 43% in the latest poll. This result would be a landslide victory over the current ruling government at 29.5% (7.9% + 21.6%). After being elected in 2013, with a mere 5.1% of the votes, PPIS popularity has exploded. Since 30 April 2015 they have consistently polled at over 30% […]

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The Schrödinger’s Prime Minister of Iceland

The Schrödinger’s Prime Minister of Iceland

When the #panamapapers scandal broke the Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson, was resolute that he would not resign. Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, backed him up saying that “We aren’t worried at all… It is unfair, impolite to put his (Gunnlaugsson’s) name with a bunch of criminals”. However, the government is a coalition the Progressive Party (where Sigmundur is chairperson) […]

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It’s Time for the Pirates

It’s Time for the Pirates

After yesterday’s massive demonstrations outside Alþingi (the Icelandic parliament) all eyes are on the Pirates. Since the morning, Birgitta Jónsdóttir (MP and a leading figure of the Pirate Party of Iceland) has been interviewed by CNN, BBC and other global news channels about Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s scandal. “He has already done so much damage for people’s trust in the state, and he’s completely defamed Iceland […]

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Re-elections looming close as Iceland hits a political scandal

Re-elections looming close as Iceland hits a political scandal

The recent release of the #Panamapapers has already resulted in startling revelations spanning the globe. The “leak” reveals that several people, previously beyond suspicion (as well as those already subject to blacklisting and criminals), set up off-shore companies within more than 20 tax heavens worldwide. The Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, helped individuals set up off-shore companies and bank accounts in these tax heavens. Political […]

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Julia Reda Wins the Digital Agenda Category at the MEP Awards

Julia Reda Wins the Digital Agenda Category at the MEP Awards

The Parliament Magazine’s annual MEP (Members of European Parliament) Awards took place 16 March 2016. Briefly described it is an event designed to show appreciation for fellow MEPs. The event is sponsored by the business sector and hands out awards in 20 different categories where most of them have a dedicated sponsor (e.g. the Sport category was sponsored by Coca-Cola). How the MEP Awards work: […]

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