What Pirates are Saying about the EU Election Results
It is nearly two weeks since the elections in Europe saw a surge of voting for the far right and our own representation reduced from two to one. Some notable Pirates gave their reactions to the European Election 2014 results.
With 2.2% of the votes, we lost both our seats in the European Parliament. It’s a huge disappointment, of course. Both I and Amelia were ready to continue fighting for freedom and openness as MEP’s for another five years, but that did not happen. Voters wanted otherwise. We will not give up. Whoever fights can lose, but those who do not fight have already lost. Even before the European elections, we knew we would have a lot to do after the election, however it went. That still applies. Piratpartiet is basically an activist movement. We will continue to fight for Europe to choose the right path into the information age. In the election campaign, we talked a lot about the EU Parliament which will take several important steps related to the internet’s future in the next legislature. That still applies. We still need to influence these decisions so that they go in the right direction.
In this election, 2014, we went from two seats in the European Parliament (from Sweden) to one (from Germany). Of course it is not good. But it is from a party with measurable results, we were SEVEN (parties) in this election. Although it did not return dividends, it is great progress. Pirate parties from Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria had results that are good enough to stand on their own, 1% or more, or enough to be a mandate. There are SEVEN parties.
Maša Čorak and Koen De Voegt
On behalf of PPI we would like to congratulate and thank all Pirates in Europe who have contributed to the election campaign. Results might have not been as successful as we hoped but there is no need for disappointment. Losing both of our MEP’s from Sweden and only gaining one seat from Germany was below the expectations for many. The huge past election successes in Sweden and later Germany came at a time when traditional media hyped them. Although these early victories have done wonders to create more visibility of the movement, these are not things that can last. We should however not forget that we participated in 15 EU member states. In the vast majority of those nations there is a slow but steady growth. And it might feel slow for us from the internet generation, but compared to the rise of other political movements in history the Pirate movement is still growing at an incredible speed. We are the only ones that can truly claim that we worked together as one party on a still too divided continent. We are the only ones that have had a shared program for the European elections, ever.
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