A Just Future Starts at the Local Level

A Just Future Starts at the Local Level

Jelle de Graaf is the first elected official for the Pirate Party in the Netherlands, in the borough of Amsterdam West. The Pirate Party Amsterdam recently elected him as their political leader for the municipal elections in march 2018. Earlier this month he visited the Fearless Cities Conference at the municipalism movement in Barcelona. — Cities are gaining power. When national governments fall short local […]

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Xenophobia Overshadowed the State Elections in Germany

Xenophobia Overshadowed the State Elections in Germany

This past Sunday (March 13th), there were local elections in three states of Germany: Baden Witterburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Rhineland-Palatinate. The Pirate Party of Germany (PPDE) did not manage to gather enough signatures to participate in Saxony-Anhalt. In Baden-Württemberg they achieved 21.733 votes (0.41%) and in Rhineland-Palatinate they achieved 16.790 votes (0.8%). In the two states where PPDE took part in elections, their returns fell below […]

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It is Pirates’ Time, it’s your Time!

It is Pirates’ Time, it’s your Time!

Political campaigning began on May 8th for the local elections in Spain, which are being held on May 24th. The Pirates in Spain – members of Confederacion Pirata – are standing in more than 30 cities around the country, bringing change to local politics by campaigning on issues of human rights, direct democracy, free culture and a people’s economy. The reality of daily living conditions […]

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Being a Pirate in your Local Community

Being a Pirate in your Local Community

You are a Pirate, and you’ve time on your hands. You would like to get more involved but there are no active Pirate groups near your location. There are two ways to get active. Start a local chapter of the Pirate Party in your region. We have an article already written. Or… Get involved with a local group, like a residents’ association. If you cannot […]

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The First Elected Pirate in the History of Dutch Politics

The First Elected Pirate in the History of Dutch Politics

The Piratenpartij Netherlands (PPNL) has achieved an historic result with the Amsterdam elections of 2014. With the seat for Jelle de Graaf in the board committee of Amsterdam West, PPNL has the first elected pirate in the history of Dutch politics. Assuming that irregularities in Amsterdam will not lead to changes in the numbers of seats, they almost won another two seats during the elections. The Piratenpartij Netherlands came 182 […]

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The Bavarian Pirate Party win seats in Local Elections

The Bavarian Pirate Party win seats in Local Elections

The Bavarian Pirates expected a difficult time in the most conservative state in Germany, Bavaria. In the federal elections they could only get 1.9% and similar disappointing results in the state elections. The hurdles for participating in the municipal elections is very high and many Pirate candidates chose to run on open or shared candidate lists with parties that they shared policy objectives with.  There […]

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