The German Pirate Party won several seats in the North Rhine-Westphalia state election today.
For the fourth time in a row the Pirate Party broke the 5% threshold which is needed to enter parliament.
According to the latest exit polls the Pirates received 7.5% of the total vote which translates into 18 parliament seats.
Today’s win is perhaps the most important of all as North Rhine-Westphalia has the largest population of all German states.
Previously the Pirates won seats in Berlin, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein. If the current trend continues the party has a serious shot at entering the national parliament after the next elections.
Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge has a detailed analysis on why the Pirates are doing so well in Germany.