Many of the Pirate Parties springing up around the world are effectively one man and a megaphone, but in some countries they’re more well organised. Sweden we know about, but now it seems the German Pirate Party is picking up steam – albeit with under-18s. Politically neutral German youth organisation U18 has just held its mock election for minors, and 8.72% of them voted for the Pirate Party. If reflected when the adults vote this week, that would see the party gaining several seats in the German parliament. “The fact that many of them have chosen us shows that young people find it important to defend their civil rights and that the Pirates tackle the crucial issues of the 21st century,” says party chairman Jens Seipenbusch.

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