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Name (abreviation): Piratenpartei Deutschland (PIRATEN)
Country: Germany
Status: active
Founded: 10.09.2006
Registered: registered
Foundingplace: Berlin
Slogan: Klarmachen zum Ändern!
Chairman: Sebastian Alscher
Vice-President: Dennis Deutschkämer
Treasurer : Detlef Netter
Political Director: Daniel Mönch
General Secretary: Borys Sobieski
International Coordinators: Please refer to PP-DE Wiki
Members: 7.599 (09.05.2020)[1]
Percentage of women: not covered (23.01.2012)
Campaign finance: 577.902,03 € (2018)[2]
16 state organisations
Headquarters: Piratenpartei Deutschland
Pflugstraße 9a

10115 Berlin


The Piratenpartei Deutschland (official abbrevation: PIRATEN) is the pirate party of Germany.



The Piraten were up for election in the two federal state elections in Hesse and in Hamburg. With 0.3% and 0.2% they missed the neccessary minimum of 5% to enter the parliament.

The federal state elections of Hesse in January 2008, was the second time a Pirate Party was up for election. Top candidate was Thorsten Wirth from Frankfurt. They got 6,962 (0.3%) of the votes.

On 24th Febuary 2008, the Piraten participated in the federal state elections in Hamburg. Top candidate was Bernhard Schillo. They got 1,773 (0.2%) of the votes.


In the early state elections of Hesse in January 2009, the Piraten got 13,796 (0.5%), about twice as much as in 2008.

In the European Parliament election 2009, the Piraten gained 229,464 votes (0.9%), less than the 5% threshold which must be reached to enter the parliament. On 9th November 2011, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany has voided this threshold for future elections to the European Parliament.

On 20.06.2009, Jörg Tauss, a member of the Bundestag (lower house of the Federal Republic of Germany), left the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and became a member of the Pirate Party Germany.

In the state elections of Saxony on the 30th August 2009, the Piraten gained 34,651 votes (1.9%). In local elections on the same day, the Piraten entered several local parliaments.

In 15 of the 16 German states, the Piraten participated in the elections of the Bundestag on 27.09.2009. The Piraten gained 847,870 votes (2.0%). On the same day the Piraten gained 28,837 votes (1.8%) in the early state elections of Schleswig-Holstein.


The only state elections in 2010 were in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Piraten gained 121,046 votes (1.6%).


In 2011, state elections were held in Hamburg (20.02.2011), Saxony-Anhalt (20.03.2011), Baden-Württemberg (27.03.2011), Rhineland-Palatinate (27.03.2011), Bremen (22.05.2011), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (04.09.2011) and Berlin (18.09.2011).

In each of these elections except the one in Berlin, the Piraten reached between 1.4% and 2.1% of the votes, which is less than the 5% threshold that needs to be reached to enter these parliaments.

However, in Berlin, the Piraten managed to gain 130,105 votes (8.9%). 15 members of the Pirate Party have been elected into the parliament of Berlin.



In all of the 16 States of Germany state associations have been founded:

Junge Piraten (eng. Young Pirates)

The Junge Piraten (official abbrevation: JuPis) are the youth organisation of the Piraten. They have about 300 Members and 3 state associations.



The first Federal Party Congress was 2007. The PIRATEN make also severale Actions.


Upcoming elections are the Saarland state election on 25.03.2011 and the Schleswig-Holstein state election on 06.05.2011.


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Civil Rights and Liberties

Every human has a right of privacy which has to be free from surveillance.


The copyright has to be changed to fit in the new situation.


Patents shut be reduced especially patents on software and live.

Transparency of Politic

More transparency reduce the corruption. Politicians shut be bettter controlled by the people. All transparency ends there where the privacy starts.

Open Access

Free access to developments that were payed by tax.

Infrastructure Monopoly

A good internet infrastructure has to exist everywhere. A censorship by government agencies will be rejected.


The Piraten are against tuition fees and want a democratization of education. Free access to information and education is important to develop a free and open mind.