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Election Hopes of Luxembourg Pirates Exceeded, Reaching 2.94%

Following the collapse of the government of the tiny European country of Luxembourg due to a spying scandal early elections were called and took place on 20th October 2013. The Pirate Party of Luxembourg were hoping to get 2% of the vote, in their first ever election and were overjoyed to see their share of the vote reaching the 2.94% over all and 3.37% in the north of the country. This was not enough to get a seat but the Pirate Party is now a serious force in the political scene. Marc Tholl, a candidate in the Central District for the Pirate Party of Luxembourg told PPUK:

“I am pretty happy with this result. 3 percent is a very good birthday present for the party which has been going for just 4 years. Our aim was to convince at least 2 percent of voters to cast their ballot for us and we exceeded that in all parts of the country. This result gives us a strong base from which to get our message out to people in Luxembourg. We have a lot to say and a lot of work to do.”

“This was the first campaigning I ever took part in and I didn’t know what to expect. It turned out that politics is much more fun than you think it would be. I am happy that I could take part in this election. Of course it was a lot of work, long weeks with only very few hours of sleep, but in the end it was worth it. Both because of the result and because it established us in the political landscape in Luxembourg.”

This development builds on previous good polls in Europe and shows that hard work brings results.


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Andrew Reitemeyer

About Andrew Reitemeyer

I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar