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It took nine ef­forts, but the Czech Pi­rates had been edg­ing their way onto con­spic­u­ous ter­rain in var­i­ous lo­cal elec­tions, in­clud­ing net­ting 5.3 per­cent of the to­tal vote in Prague in 2015. The it­self hav­ing a Pi­rate Mayor af­ter gar­ner­ing 21 per­cent of the vote. Re­tain­ing their op­po­si­tional colours, the Czech Pi­rates are in­sist­ing on avoid­ing the mud­dy­ing nature of coali­tion talks with the over­all win­ners. (The dan­gers of com­pro­mis­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion!) Their agenda is one that has be­come fairly known across its other in­car­na­tions: the abolition of in­ter­net cen­sor­ship, the favour­ing of in­sti­tu­tional trans­parency, and the re­vi­sion of, amongst other things, puni­tive copy­right laws. But

Dr. Bi­noy Kamp­mark other agenda items form their twenty point pro­gram, in­clud­ing im­prov­ing the lot of teacher salaries and tax re­form. The lat­ter point par­tic­u­larly ap­pro­pri­ate, given the party’s ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with test­ing EU laws on the sub­ject of pi­rate sites through its “Link­ing is not a Crime” stance. This was sparked, in large part, by at­tempts by the Czech Anti-Piracy Union to tar­get a 16-year-old for that great ter­ror of the reg­u­la­tor: link­ing to con­tent des­ig­nated as in­fring­ing of copy­right law. Launch­ing several of their own some 20,000 links to 5,800 movies, the Czech Pi­rate Party was over­joyed by the prospect of pros­e­cu­tion. “Our goal is to change the copy­right mo­nop­oly for shar­ing cul­ture with their friends.” As Czech Pi­rate Party chair­man Lukáš copy­right in­dus­try lob­by­ists are now deal­ing with a po­lit­i­cal party which didn’t run the web­site for money but be­cause of our con­vic­tion that link­ing is not and should not be a crime.” The gains of the party showed a cer­tain mood at work and, as has been the case in much of Europe, proved bois­ter­ously, and at stages an­grily, anti­estab­lish­ment.

Check the Pol­ish, Pol­ish the Czech

“Europe’s re­demp­tion lies in the re 2000 (and of Göte­borg 2001), a tenyear de­vel­op­ment plan that fo­cused on in­no­va­tion, mo­bil­ity and ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­newal. Oth­er­wise a gen­er­a­tional war­fare will join class and eth­nic

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