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Pirates Contesting Elections in Hamburg

The City of Hamburg in northern Germany is holding elections this weekend and the Hamburg Pirate Party is fully involved in a campaign to convince the citizens that voting Pirate is the  best way to ensure their rights as citizens are upheld and their privacy protected. They are fielding 49 list and electorate candidates and the election is being held on 15 February 2015.

Hamburg is its own state in the federal makeup of Germany along with Bremen and Berlin and so the role of mayor is more like that of a minister president.

The two most important themes are:

  1. Freedom for all in a pluralist society where no one would be sidelined but everyone can be happy in their own way.
  2. A transparent and well managed city that every citizen can take part in and be free – also free from compulsion.

Other policies the Pirates will be standing on include:

  • Democracy and citizens rights
  • Drugs
  • Transport
  • Environment and Energy
  • Digital society
  • Culture and media
  • Education
  • Youth
  • Separation of church and state
  • Business and finance
  • Work and social welfare


A more comprehensive overview of their program can be found on their German language campaign site.

The Pirate Times will bring you the results as soon as possible after the results are known.


Featured image: CC BY-SA Pirate Party of Hamburg

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