More Horrible News For Merkel As German Pirate Party Gets 40% Of CDU Vote In Berlin

Tyler Durden's picture

Just when you thought the news couldn't get any more bizare, we get this from Bloomberg;


This is just a guess, but when almost 10% of Germans want the pirates to be in charge, you may have a political problem on your hands.

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats beat Angela Merkel's conservatives in a regional election in the city-state of Berlin on Sunday, handing the chancellor her sixth defeat in seven elections this year.


The SPD won 29.5 percent of the vote in Berlin, down from 30.8 percent in 2006 in Germany's largest city with 3.4 million inhabitants, according to an exit poll on ARD television. SPD Mayor Klaus Wowereit appeared to be headed for a third five-year term, with the Greens as his most likely coalition partner.


The CDU won 23.5 percent, up slightly from 21.3 percent in 2006 but well below the 40 percent the party used to win in Berlin in the 1980s and 1990s. The Greens won 18 percent, up from 13.1 percent in 2006, and the Left party fell to 11.5 percent from 13.4 percent. The Pirate Party won a stunning 8.5 percent.


Merkel's centre-right coalition suffered more bad news in the Berlin election when their junior coalition partners at the national level, the Free Democrats, failed to clear the five percent threshold -- the fifth time in seven elections this year the FDP. The FDP plunged to 2 percent, down from 7.6 percent in 2006.

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Fips_OnTheSpot's picture

First projection:
CDU 28.7 SPD 23.2 Greens 18.4 Linke 11.5 FDP 2.0 Pirates 8.9

Market Efficiency Romantic's picture

you flipped CDU and SPD projection numbers.

Fips_OnTheSpot's picture

Oh, you're right. Sorry - cannot edit any longer.

voter participation: 58 -> 59.5

markmotive's picture

Am I living in a horror movie?

This is insane!'s picture

No, it's an episode of Star Trek and you're the guy in the landing party wearing a red shirt.

pain_and_soros's picture

For some reason, I can't get this image of the German Pirate Party candidates in Berlin wearing those puffy shirts from that Jerry Seinfeld episode, out of my head...

redpill's picture

Q: What does the Pirate Party want to take over?

A: PARRRRliament!

malikai's picture

+1 You made me actually say it. 

spiral_eyes's picture

I congratulate Germans on their good sense this time round. They are switching their vote to piracy, instead of Nazism.

jonjon831983's picture

They're taking the jobs of the old English Privateers :(

Hephasteus's picture

I say old chap dey tuk our jobs!!!!

smlbizman's picture

spiral, looks like you pissed off a nazi...

Careless Whisper's picture

Apparently none of the idiots here bothered to click the link to read what the Pirate Party stands for. Since you are all too lazy and are willing to be lead by a bullshit headline/article written by some Tyler wanna-be not worthy of being on this blog; the Pirate Party stands for --- civil liberities, against monoplies, against genetic patents, in favor of open government, and against internet censorship which is to the benefit of morons everywhere.


gmrpeabody's picture


And you based this opinion on what???

Careless Whisper's picture

well, ok, maybe here are a few bots like you trying to spread disinfo about the pirate party

Joy on Maui's picture

He is right.  I just read what the Spiegel had to say about them (The Pirate Party), naming them the sliver of the electorate that all parites most vie for : The young and educated.

THese folks apparently began by taking on internet-related causes and then branched out into "citizen's rights" issues.  THey obviously appealed to voters and are now promising a "breath of fresh air" in the Berlin parliament.  They admit that they have no experience in parliamentary procedure but call themselves "fast learners" - I am totally excited about these guys.

malikai's picture

I wouldn't jump so fast saying everyone didn't read it. I sure did. And they sound pretty damn cool to me. Sounds like a geek's party. Something I could appreciate.

fallout11's picture

They're basically civil libertarians, Jeffeson would be proud. How can anyone here at ZeroHedge be against freedom?

Manthong's picture

lulz :) .. We're all wearing red shirts now.

What end of the death ray are you on if you want to support Ron Paul or End the Fed.


Nate H's picture

please explain to a West coast american what those numbers mean and why they are a 'horror movie'

Market Efficiency Romantic's picture

see below. This is nothing to start shivering about. As in every larger, established democracy, major policy moves or external shocks in case of missing real eligible alternatives either massively lowers democratic participation levels or shifts votes to protest movements. The Pirates are such a protest movements. Germany has been experiencing this since the reunification in almost any state election, but the most important point is, none of these movements have really lasted due to a lack of constructive policy.

disabledvet's picture

Sounds like chaos to me. Very "un-German" and something Helmut Kohl alluded to to me when he criticized Ms Merkel's "anti-Europe'ness." a good criticism i might add. A centralized Germany is a relatively new construct. The emergence of a "states right" Germanicus would be a profound change indeed as it is the centralized variant that basically is the EU right. Now everyone say ARRRRRRrrrrrrrrgggggghhhhhh.

Market Efficiency Romantic's picture

Well, one may have different views about Kohl's achievements but his problem has always been a limited instrumental toolbox. To me, he now is very much worried about his legacy, a politically and economically united Europe. His toolbox was both domestically and internationally very much limited to massive log-rolling and - in the long term and regarding structure - pretty risky concessions. He 'mastered' the reunification, quickly shifting the public eye from the structural issues that remained for long. It was a risky move then, and he reiterated that same move with the Euro. The lose contracts and opportunities for moral hazard by peripheral countries seem to have been his concessions to these countries so the would accept a loss of flexibility and competitiveness especially in the case of economic downturn and a loss of the right to print. As with the reunification, the structural flaws remained, only this time is won't turn out that lucky.

TK7936's picture

Why insane ? Maybe the poeple realized the banks are pirates so we need a ship too!

e_goldstein's picture

Pirates > Banksters

Uncle Remus's picture

Hmm - I thought the "pirates" were the freetard party.

Spirit Of Truth's picture

Really....aren't pirates already in charge?

Zero Govt's picture

Yes absolutely ..when your society has a centralist monopoly (Govt) as its 'authority' and not a free society based on individualism it is by nature already absolutely corrupt

Centralising authority (ie. a power grab) in Govt is the very anathama and enemy of our individual freedom. The Pirate Party promoting 'freedom' and 'open Govt' is an oxymoron. All Parties/politicians promoting both are stupid and completely naive (ie. born yesterday/stupid)

If you truly want freedom you don't want any form of Govt. Period

slewie the pi-rat's picture

no, mr goodie-two-shoes, those are criminals, not pirates 

Bam_Man's picture

I'll see you a Willie Stargell and raise you a Ralph Kiner.

pain_and_soros's picture

How could you leave out Honus Wagner, perhaps the most famous German Pirate (or at least the one with the most valuable baseball card)?

Seb's picture

You are a day too early. International talk like a pirate day is tomorrow, September 19th.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

everyday is pirate day

if you BE a pi-rat!



saulysw's picture

+1 for the widest post of the thread.

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seems the pirate party site is down


They forgot to raise the mainsail.

11b40's picture


No wonder that these Pirates are bad news for the status quo.  Maybe we need an International Pirates Party.

Party Platform


The party supports the preservation of current civil rights in telephony and on the Internet; in particular, it opposes the European data retention policies and Germany's new Internet censorship law called Zugangserschwerungsgesetz. It also opposes artificial monopolies and various measures of surveillance of citizens.

The party favors the civil right to information privacy and reforms of copyright, education, computer science and genetic patents.

It promotes in particular an enhanced transparency of government by implementing open source governance and providing for APIs to allow for electronic inspection and monitoring of government operations by the citizen.[3]


slewie the pi-rat's picture

now, that is "bizarre"

thxz mucho, ground-pounder!


bugs_'s picture

Pirates are certainly more interesting than banksters.'s picture

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Market Efficiency Romantic's picture

As in almost all larger German cities, CDU plays an inferior role. Concerning the pirate party, it's actually a constantly reshuffling group of people and interests without a strong political message. But that vote in a larger context indeed shows what frustration level there is among the people with the political establishment and their approach to the macro-economic issues that truely matter.

ISEEIT's picture

Not a problemo. Just call the pirates terrorist and enemies of the state. Racist might work too but I'm not so sure the whole racist dynamic is so much in play over there?

Tense INDIAN's picture

dissapointed with the weekend...was expecting more bearish news out of Europe..