The First PPEU Council Meeting: Moving Right Along

The First PPEU Council Meeting: Moving Right Along

This past weekend the PPEU meeting took place in Brussels. This was the first ordinary Council Meeting (General Assembly) of the organization and the main topic was the election of the new board. The founding conference for the European Pirates happened in March last year, where the first chair of the Pirate Party Europe was elected. One of the first agenda items for the Council […]

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Sarah van Liefferinge: We pirates should be the change we wish to see [pirate visions]

Sarah van Liefferinge: We pirates should be the change we wish to see [pirate visions]

Sarah van Liefferinge invites everyone on board to keep an eye on the horizon as politicians, while reminding us of what the pirate movement was started for. These articles are part of the weekly series ‘Pirate Visions’ from different prominent international pirates. We asked them to write as individuals and not in their official capacities in their party or organisation. We hope you would like […]

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PPBE Suspends Their PPI Membership

PPBE Suspends Their PPI Membership

Following the resignations of PPAU and PPUK, the coreteam of PPBE have decided to follow suit. The Belgian pirates can’t officially withdraw until their General Assembly confirms the will of the coreteam to leave, but until then they have suspended their membership. Thus, PPBE won’t be participating in the preparations for the PPI online General Assembly on the 29th of March. Unless something unexpected happens […]

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The Two Persons Who Plan to Steer PPI on a True Course

The Two Persons Who Plan to Steer PPI on a True Course

During the General Assembly of Pirate Parties International (PPI), held in Paris April 2014, the delegates elected a new board. The two persons elected as co-chairpersons were Maša Čorak (from Croatia) and Koen De Voegt (from Belgium). Many of the delegates have big hopes for these two and they were even called a dream-team by some. Here is a short interview to let you know […]

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The Belgian Pirate Party Announces Candidates for the European Elections

The Belgian Pirate Party Announces Candidates for the European Elections

During the weekend of 18-19 January the Belgian Pirates, from all over the country and all its language groups, came together in Brussels. These type of meetings are organised 4 times a year by PPBE. After some debate on small statutes changes the main work for the day could begin.

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The Belgian Pirate Party between Sadness and Happiness

The Belgian Pirate Party between Sadness and Happiness

The week before the general assembly, on the 23 – 24 March 2013, a deep impact shaped the contrasts of the life of the Belgian Pirates. It was revealed, during the week that the co-founder of the Belgian Pirate Party, co-founder of Pirate Parties International as well as a very popular friend of Pirates worldwide, Jurgen Rateau, lost his life far too early at the age of 42. Too young to die.

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Croatian Pirates at the Gates of European Parliament

Croatian Pirates at the Gates of European Parliament

Are we going to be celebrating the entry of an additional Pirate MEP in the European Parliament? The answer lies in the hands of Croatian citizens and we will find out on 14 April 2013, when their first, historic EU election will be held in their country. Polls in Croatia have shown that “Piratska Stranka” (PPHR) attracts 6.4% of the voters (surpassing the limit of 5%), more than enough to elect a MEP!

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Mumble – The English Speaking Salon

Mumble – The English Speaking Salon

If there is one thing that facilitates communication between international Pirates it is the English language. Love it or hate it most collaborative activities are conducted in English. Pirate Parties International has create a special room in Mumble for English speakers from all over the world to me and interact.

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Restructuring the Belgian Pirate Party

Restructuring the Belgian Pirate Party

On Saturday 22 December 2012 members of the Belgian Pirate Party met up for an extraordinary general assembly (EGA). This gathering was held in the Wallonian student city of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve. This location was a symbolic choice, during the communal elections of 14 October the party reached 5.16%, its best result ever. Only 14 votes shy of our first city councillor.

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Belgian Pirate Party Election Results, 14 votes short

Belgian Pirate Party Election Results, 14 votes short

The Belgians are pleased with the result from the elections. They got between 0.5% and 5.16% of the votes in the regional elections. In the region of ‘Ottignies-Louvain-le-Neuve’ they were 14 votes short of gaining a seat in the city council.

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