Chairman of Germany's Pirate Party Bernd Schloemer (R) poses next to an election placard advocating the legalisation of marijuana outside the party's campaign headquarters in Berlin on August 16, 2013. The Pirates, who to everyone's surprise were elected into Berlin's regional parliament in September 2011, are trying to capitalise on their recent electoral gains in upcoming parliamentary elections, running on a platform of transparency in government. Germany goes to the polls on September 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL
Bernd Schloemer attends the federal party convention of the German Pirates Party (Die Piratenpartei) on November 24, 2012 in Bochum, Germany. The Pirates, after riding an initial surge in popularity last year that landed them seats in several German state parliaments, have since seen their popularity erode as recent scandals and infighting have tarnished the party's image. Germany faces federal elections in 2013.