In European Parliament: Coop-arrrrrrrrr-ation

(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.”


Related Story at IPR: Green Party Results for European Union Elections

24 thoughts on “In European Parliament: Coop-arrrrrrrrr-ation

  1. Independent Lurker

    There is no explicitely Libertarian group in the European Parliament, and the green ideology in Europe is a little different than in the United States, so hopefully the libertarians will be glad that the Pirates didn’t join one of the three biggest groups (People’s Party, Socialists or Liberal Democrats) or the Nordic Green Left. It’s said that pretty much every group was attempting to gain the support of the Pirates. the Pirates were helped because for some reason the Somali pirates are out of the news right now.

  2. Stefan

    Yes, interesting development. Swedend’s third largest party and dominant among young people within a short time, very libertarian. Interesting that they selected the Greens, suspected they might join the Liberals and Democrats (ALDE?), who has civil liberties etc. as one of their issues.
    They are expanding all over the world, but the party basis is a bit limited, they need to eventually formulate policy on other matters than online privacy as well.

  3. Erik Geib


    The ELDR (which is the third largest group) is full of classic liberals. What are you talking about?

  4. libertariangirl

    Its about f&%$#*n time IPR came back
    on .

    Trent I was getting worried , I think Im strung out on IPR

  5. Catholic Trotskyist

    Don, girl doesn’t necessarily mean someone of a child’s age.

    Tom Knapp said that there were server problems and predicted that we would be back up on Monday, which is exactly what happened. I asked the question on his blog, under the name “IPR Reader.” i bet noone even suspected it was actually me. I too am glad this is back up. I believe the server problems were caused by the Nader/Republican New World Order Satanic Control conspiracy, because of the important mission that this site has in God’s plan. By the way, God has also told me that Billy Mays, whom Wayne Root has often been compared to, was about to announce his allegiance to Catholic Trotskyism before his death and make an infomercial about me. Suspicious?

  6. Catholic Trotskyist

    Thanks LG. I hope that there will be an investigation into Nader conspiratory minions involved in the shutdown at IPR, just as they put spyware on my computer on August 1, 2008, and left me with very limited Internet access until I received a new computer on September 8, 2008. Nader Republican satanic minions will stop at nothing to achieve their control. Amen.

  7. paulie


    Trent I was getting worried , I think Im strung out on IPR

    LOL. If you can’t discipline yourself (or even if you can) I’ll have to discipline you. For every minute you spend on IPR, two will be on the phone with me. You got that, missy? We here believe in tough love will put addicts on the road to recovery.

  8. paulie


    note: liertariangirl is proof that pre teens are allowed to blog on IPR!

    She’s not allowed to blog on IPR. She just somehow stole my password while being spanked for stealing my last one. How does she keep doing that? Kids today with their goshdarned intertube crackerjackering skillz!

    I’ll tell you, they will go in your mail box and pull pranks and sneak your dog gone dentures while you sleep and leave toilet paper all over the place and it just goes on. All while gagged, handcuffed and tied upside down for the night in your padlocked sub-basement, darn the luck ! How the heck she snuck out, I’ll never know.

    Golly gee, where are my meds?! I’ll have to go down to the VA hospital and complain again!

    And I’ll tell you another thing, those reefer toking beatnik beach bum Mexican navy seal border jumping tea baggers…..and that New Constitution Party of Maryland….why, I oughta….

    This has been grampa munster – I mean don lake, er. Andy Rooney. Mildred, is the toast burning? Mildred?

  9. paulie

    Trent, will you offer us some explaination or is everybody expected t act like nothing happened?

    Why, did something happen?

  10. libertariangirl

    Paulie , you are so fucking funny it kills me . !!!

    next time dont let me escape or youll regret it..!

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