The pirate movement is internationally established, with parties in more than 40 countries and elected representatives in several national parliaments. In 2019, the European pirates agreed on a joint election manifesto.
Since 2014, the German Pirate Party has been represented in the EU Parliament. The first term through Julia Reda, who worked with e.g. the review of copyright – mainly to stop proposals like Article 13, and to support free software.
Now Patrick Breyer sits in parliament and has focused on working with issues around mass surveillance and the right to privacy.
The German pirates have also been elected locally in several places since 2012 and have around a hundred politicians with experience of locally run pirate politics.
Since 2012, the Czech Pirate Party has been represented in the Senate. First through Libor Michálek (2012-2018) and then through Lukáš Wagenknecht (2018-) and Adéla Šípová (2020-). In the 2017 parliamentary election, the Czechs won 11% of the vote and thus 22 seats in the parliament. In the 2020 regional elections, the Pirate Party became the second largest party in the country.
In the 2019 EU elections, the Czech pirates also won 3 seats in the parliament, which are now held by Markéta Gregorová, Marcel Kolaja and Mikuláš Peksa.
The Czech Pirate Party is led by Ivan Bartoš.
In 2013, the Icelandic pirates were elected to the Icelandic Parliament. In the 2017 election, the party received 9% of the vote and thus six mandates. Piratár is part of the ruling coalition in Reykjavik.
In 2018, the Pirate Party in Luxembourg became the third pirate party to be elected to its national parliament. 6.45% then chose to cast their votes for the Pirate Party. The year before, the Luxembourgish pirates had been elected in two different municipalities – Pétange and Remich.
The Finnish pirates were elected in 2017 in two different municipalities – Helsinki and Jyväskylä. Read more about Piraattipuole in Swedish!
In the summer of 2020, five French pirates were elected to the municipal councils of Marseilles, Lyon, Besancon and Dignes-les-Baines.