Pirates Party Holds Federal Congress


A delegate of the German Pirates Party sits behind his laptop prior... News PhotoCongress,Germany,Government,Horizontal,Label,Laptop,Logo,Politics,Sitting,Symbol,Technology,Wireless TechnologyPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesNEUMARKT IN DER OBERPFALZ, GERMANY - MAY 10: A delegate of the German Pirates Party (Die Piraten) sits behind his laptop prior to the party's federal congress on May 10, 2013 in Neumarkt, Germany. The Pirates rode a wave of popularity driven by voter discontent with Germany's established political parties that won the Pirates seats in several state parliaments. More recently, however, the Pirates have faltered, as political infighting, leadership changes and an unclear political message have contributed to a loss of support. Germany faces federal elections in September and at current polls the Pirates would fail to pass the 5% hurdle necessary to gain seats in the Bundestag. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images)