The German Pirate Party is the latest to enter government, winning 8.5% of the vote in the Berlin state parliament this weekend. This is based on the first exit polls on Sunday, so the exact percentage could change, but with 5% the hurdle to clear to win seats, it seems a number of Pirate Party members will be sitting in the state parliament. It’s the most high-profile success for a Pirate Party since 2009, when the Swedish incarnation won a seat in the European Parliament following the original trial of the Pirate Bay founders. German polling analyst Holger Liljeberg tells Reuters that the Pirate Party was “in tune with the Berlin vibe with their relaxed campaign – they focus a lot on liberalism, freedom and self-determination.” Source: Guardian

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