Berlin Pirates Party Meets Amid Declining Poll Numbers


An original piece of the Berlin Wall with graffiti of the words 'Next... News PhotoBerlin,Berlin Wall,Germany,Graffiti,Horizontal,International Landmark,Label,Logo,Meeting,Nautical Vessel,Pirate Party - Germany,Political Party,Politics,Symbol,TextPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 23: An original piece of the Berlin Wall with graffiti of the words 'Next Wall to Fall Wall Street' stands outside a meeting of the Berlin chapter of the German Pirate Party near a boat featuring a sticker of the party's logo on February 23, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. After successes in 2011 in regional elections in the German capital and in the following year in the states of Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia, the German Pirate Party (Piratenpartei), which initially focused on filesharing, censorship and data protection, has seen two of its state-level leaders in the states of Brandenburg and Baden-Wuerttemburg step down in the past few days alone. The party's Berlin representation is meeting over the weekend to choose its candidates for the country's federal elections, to be held on September 22, 2013, which will determine the 598 or more members of the 18th Bundestag, Germany's federal parliament. After well-publicized infighting in the party, many observers are skeptical that the party can reach the 5 percent vote required to join the country's politics on that level. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)