Pirates in Switzerland Vote in Favor of the Basic Income

Pirates in Switzerland Vote in Favor of the Basic Income

A very significant referendum election has been scheduled on the coming Sunday, June 5, in Switzerland. The popular initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), supported by 100.000 citizens, is being presented to the Swiss voters for their scrutiny. It is significant because, in a direct democracy system, such as in Switzerland, whatever is presented to the citizens and voted on is binding for the […]

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Election Results for Pirate Party of Switzerland: 0.94% of total ballots

Election Results for Pirate Party of Switzerland: 0.94% of total ballots

Last Sunday, 18 October, national elections were held in Switzerland. The pirates did well, receiving 82,635 votes in total—0.94% of ballots cast. The turnout for the election was 49.99%. Before the election took place the Pirate Party of Switzerland attempted to get them declared invalid and re-scheduled. The government in the region of Aargauer had published an election guide for the parliamentary elections but chosen […]

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Swiss Pirate Party Elects Co-Presidents, Passes Resolutions Regarding Upcoming Votes

Swiss Pirate Party Elects Co-Presidents, Passes Resolutions Regarding Upcoming Votes

On Saturday, 21st of March, 2015, Pirate Party Switzerland elected two co-presidents for the first time! The General Assembly elected Guillaume Saouli and Stephan Thöni to replace outgoing President Alexis Roussel. Stephan Thöni is from the  canton of Zug. He is a 29-year–old IT developer and student rights activist; Guillaume Saouli, 44, is a contractor in Geneva. They will divide the tasks of supporting regional sections […]

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Brussels Calling: A Significant Moment in the History of Pirate Movement

Brussels Calling: A Significant Moment in the History of Pirate Movement

The Largest International Conference in Pirate History will be held this week in Brussels! More than 300 Pirates from 22 countries, even a few from outside Europe, have registered for the founding of the European Pirate Party (PPEU). The founding will take place at the “European Internet Governance and Beyond” Conference in the European Parliament, at the heart of Europe. A historic and symbolic event, […]

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Sunday Elections Look Promising for Piraten Basel

Sunday Elections Look Promising for Piraten Basel

Last year’s national elections, they took 1.92%, the best result until now for the Pirates in Switzerland. Piraten Basel are confident the votes are there to reach 4%.

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Inside the Clean-IT conflict

Inside the Clean-IT conflict

CleanIT is a project by several European governments and private stakeholders. The project officially aims to reduce the use (or abuse) of the internet by terrorists. The list of the CleanIT goals reads, on the surface, like it is motivated by the wish to protect children or otherwise easily influenced persons from exposure to terrorist content. This protection is motivated through a fear that these […]

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Alex Arnold Becomes the First Elected Pirate Mayor!

Alex Arnold Becomes the First Elected Pirate Mayor!

The Swiss Pirate Party had a major victory Sunday, as 31-year-old Alex Arnold was elected mayor of Eichberg, a municipality in North Eastern Switzerland. He is not the first Pirate Mayor, but the first pirate to be selected by an electoral process. The city of Eichberg, were Alex Arnold was elected, has a population of 1,481 persons. The region’s local Pirate Party is less than […]

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