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    Default Berlin State Elections and the Pirate Party

    The last of this year's German state elections were held today for federal state of Berlin.

    The incumbent government was a coalition between the SPDs and Die Linke. They have reigned over the recession and apparently Berlin was particularly hard hit.

    The results are pretty spectacular...

    The social democrat SPD decreased their share of the seats from 58 to 47.

    Coalition partners Die Linke fell from 23 to 19.

    Merkel's CDU(in opposition in Berlin) gained only 2 more seats to 39 from 37.

    The Greens grew 6 from 23 to 29.

    Following the national trend, federal government coalition partners the FDP were wiped out, losing each of their 13 seats.

    But, in perhaps the biggest shock in recent electoral history... the Pirate Party - in its first election - won a whopping 15 SEATS!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...erlin-election
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    But, in perhaps the biggest shock in recent electoral history... the Pirate Party - in its first election - won a whopping 15 SEATS!
    Unsurprising really. Monday September 19, 2011 is “International Talk Like a Pirate Day". Arrgh me hearties!

    http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html
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    Default Re: Berlin State Elections and the Pirate Party

    Nice article on the Pirates, about to take their seats in the Berlin Parliament.
    They want free public transport and free wifi, for a start.

    http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20110919-37689.html

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