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Pirates strongly oppose undemocratic threshold in European elections

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Today, the European Parliament approved  a legislative initiative for new electoral rules to be applied to European elections. Pirate Party Members of the European Parliament strongly oppose the implementation of a highly undemocratic mandatory threshold. The  minimum threshold of 3.5% for larger EU countries will result in millions of votes being nullified, which effectively dooms smaller parties in the EU.

Patrick Breyer, Member of the European Parliament for the German Pirate Party, comments:

14 Member States have set thresholds by law. However, in two decisions, the German Constitutional Court declared the country’s existing thresholds for EU elections unconstitutional. After today’s vote, the proposal will be discussed by EU governments who will have the final say together with the Council.

14 Member States have set thresholds by law. However, in two decisions, the German Constitutional Court declared the country’s existing thresholds for EU elections unconstitutional. After today’s vote, the proposal will be discussed by EU governments who will have the final say together with the Council.