German Pirate Party Receive 2.2 % in Elections, No Seats in Parliament

German Pirate Party Receive 2.2 % in Elections, No Seats in Parliament

The first results of the German federal election were revealed on Sunday 22 September, 2013. The German Pirate Party received about 2.2 % of the votes, 0.2 percentage points more than in the last federal elections of 2009. This was a good result but unfortunately not enough for them to receive mandates in the German Parliament.

Despite the internal issues the German party had this year, their number of voters has increased in comparison to the last federal election in 2009. They did not get over the 5% needed to enter the parliament but they did get a few new seats in regional parliaments. The growth for PPDE has slown down but they are still getting more influence after this election with their new regional seats.

Electors have two votes for federal elections: the first vote (Erststimme) is to elect a candidate from their own electoral district; the second vote (Zweitstimme) is to choose a list submitted by each party. A party needs at least 5 % votes of the second vote to have a seat at the German Parliament, whereas the Pirate Party only reached 2.2 % of this vote. However, the first vote appoints who is going to represent the voters in regional parliaments, and with the first vote the German Pirates got a few new seats, mainly in Berlin and in Dresden.

The chancellor won’t be elected yet – instead, the voters have chosen their regional and federal MPs, who later elect the chancellor. The CDU (the Christian Democratic Union, led by Angela Merkel) is now the biggest party of the Bundestag, but they missed the majority by 5 seats and are likely to make a coalition with the SPD, the German socialist party. The real loser of this election is undoubtedly the very liberal FDP (Free Democratic Party), with 10 % less than for the latest election in 2009, whose leader quit the day after the results were given.

Featured image is CC BY Jürgen Brocke.