LIGNET: Pirate Party a Sign of Europe's Unrest

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:40 PM

BERLIN — The sudden rise of the Pirate Party in Germany is evidence of deep dissatisfaction with the status quo and with the traditional political parties. The Pirates want complete Internet freedom, including the freedom to download copyrighted material from the Internet for personal use. Their party, which began in Sweden in 2006, is now the fastest-growing political party in Germany and just saw candidates elected to state parliament in the fourth consecutive election. But where is it headed? Can it really become a political force in Germany without a better defined and more comprehensive political philosophy?

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