European Union

Pirate Party Set For Election Breakthrough?

Sweden’s pro-file sharing political party, the Pirate Party, could be on its way to representation in the European Parliament. The recent trend in opinion polls has been confirmed by yet another poll Friday, when over 5% of those questioned said they would vote for the party in the upcoming EU elections. Any political party in Sweden that gets over 4% of the vote is guaranteed a seat in parliament according to the Swedish system of proportional representation.

The most popular party in the Demoskop poll was the opposition Social Democrats, with 32% support, just behind were the conservative Moderates, currently in the ruling centre right coalition government, with 31%.

However the survey made worrying reading for politicians concerned about low voter turnout, only 22% of those asked said they would go to the polling booths on June 7th.