(excerpt from) Green Party Watch
Swedish Pirate Party joins Green/Free Alliance group in European Parliament
Avast ye! We’ve [the Green Party] been boarded! After much speculation on who the Swedish Pirate Party would caucus with, we heard today that their sole Member of European Parliament (MEP) will join The Greens/European Free Alliance group.
The Swedish Pirate Party is a party focused on the free exchange of information and are opposed to copyright laws. The party did very well in the past European Parliament elections garnering 7% of the vote in Sweden and one seat. I think it makes sense for the Pirates to work with the Greens because both their policy positions on internet file sharing/free flow of information are similar.
Press Release from the Greens/EFA Group is here and below.
Following negotiations, the Greens/EFA Group and the Swedish ‘Pirate Party’ have today confirmed that elected Pirate Party MEP Christian Engström will join the Greens/EFA Group for the upcoming European Parliament legislature.
Greens/EFA Co-Presidents Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit commented:
“The Greens/EFA Group is delighted to welcome the Swedish Pirate Party, which shares our principles and values in defending internet users’ rights. Christian Engström will have an independent status within our group and he has indicated he will support the Greens/EFA position in areas where the Pirate Party has no agenda.”
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