Because of their limited experience with parliamentary work, around 140 members from all over germany played out at a meeting in essen on saturday what could be in store for a pirate faction in the bundestag. It wasn’t about positions on content, but about practical issues such as the integration and payment of academic staff, transparency between the parliamentary group, the party and the public, or the way opinions are formed. All results are made public on the internet via the so-called "pirate pad.
Pollsters note a loss of significance for the party. "We are currently registering a significant decline for the pirate party in our polls," the head of the elections research group, matthias jung, told the berlin newspaper "tagesspiegel" (saturday). The success of the pirate party is based primarily on protest and the character of the new party. The core electorate is around three percent.