Pirate Party Bavaria

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Pirate Party Bavaria
Pirate Party Germany Logo 01.svg
Chairman Martin Kollien-Glaser
Deputy Myriam Kalipke
Secretary General Stefan Albrecht
Treasurer Detlef Netter
executive Director Jonathan Babelotzky
Establishment date January 6, 2007
Place of foundation Munich
Headquarters Schopenhauer Strasse 71
80807 Munich
Number of members 1258, 584 of which are entitled to vote
(as of March 28, 2018)
Website www.piratenpartei-bayern.de

The Pirate Party Bavaria is the state association of the Pirate Party Germany in Bavaria . It is the second largest regional association after North Rhine-Westphalia . With the affair surrounding the so-called “ Bayern Trojan ”, the Pirate Party of Bavaria has aroused national media interest several times since 2008.

Program (focus)

The Pirate Party in Bavaria has essentially taken over the positions of the federal party and updated and expanded them to include regional aspects. This regional reference includes a. Positions to:

  • Freedom and civil rights (obligation to document surveillance systems, ban on state Trojans)
  • Digital society (broadband expansion in Bavaria, free software)
  • Free access to education and participation
  • Agriculture and animal welfare (reassessment of subsidies, sustainable and regional consumption, avoidance of animal experiments)


Founding meeting in January 2007

The regional association was founded on January 6, 2007 in the One World House . Until then, the regional group was led by Daniel Albert, who was elected first chairman at the founding meeting.


In the regional association of Bavaria there are seven district associations corresponding to the administrative districts of the state . These had already been established in full before the 2009 Bundestag election . This made the state association the first of the party in a federal state divided into administrative districts, which had a corresponding subdivision in each administrative district.

Administrative district founding
Upper Bavaria April 26, 2008
Lower Franconia June 28, 2009
Middle Franconia July 12, 2009
Upper Palatinate August 6, 2009
Swabia August 16, 2009
Upper Franconia August 23, 2009
Lower Bavaria November 8, 2009

State elections

The Pirate Party of Bavaria wanted to run for the first time in the state elections in Bavaria in 2008 , but did not receive the necessary number of 8,000 supporters' signatures .

In the state elections in Bavaria in 2013 , the state association did not reach the five percent threshold required to be able to enter the state parliament with 2.0% of the vote . The result was far below expectations according to the polls. In August 2012 the regional association still had around 6,400 members and in September of that year 7,000. In 2018 , the party lost three quarters of its voters and landed only 0.4% of the vote, which also meant that it lost the right to state funding .


The Pirate Party of Bavaria temporarily had several seats in regional parliaments and committees.

  • In 2013 the party won two seats in the district assembly of Upper Bavaria . One of the district councilors joined the FDP in 2015. She also got a seat in the Middle Franconia District Assembly . The district council in Swabia , elected for the pirates in 2013 , converted to the Left Party in 2017. All these seats were lost in the 2018 district election.
  • In the municipal elections in Bavaria in 2014 , the pirates won nine seats in various city or local councils. Of these elected officials, only three belonged to the Pirate Party at the beginning of 2019; Among other things, a city council in Munich had switched to the FDP and a city council in Nuremberg to the CSU.

In the local elections in Nuremberg in 2020 , the Pirate Party joined forces with Die PARTTEI in an electoral alliance that won a mandate. In Munich , the Pirate Party could no longer compete because instead of the required 1000 supporter signatures, they could only produce 73. Otherwise, the party only ran for district councils and urban districts in Hof , where it won a mandate with 2.4% of the votes. In individual communities such as Gunzenhausen (together with the Left), Gauting (joint list with "People for Gauting") and Erding (on the list of the Greens ) mandates were also achieved: in Gunzenhausen with 4.3% a mandate, in Gauting with 9.24% three seats, two of which are held by pirates and one by a member of the voters' initiative "People for Gauting". In Erding a mandate was won on the list of the Greens.

Bayern trojan affair

Protest “Trojan for Beckstein ” by PIRATE Bavaria,
Bayer. Ministry of the Interior , March 2007

In January 2008, the regional association published a document which, according to unconfirmed information , is said to come from the Bavarian Ministry of Justice . The letter announced the prices for a spy software, the use of which a private service provider offered, and pointed out ambiguities in the assumption of costs. At the same time, lawyer Udo Vetter stated in an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau that the Bavarian authorities had “worked on a Trojan horse without any legal basis”. The ministry did not comment on the affair surrounding the so-called Bayern Trojan, but in September 2008 the pirate party's press spokesman was searched. He was suspected of having "breached official secrecy and hindered the work of the investigative authorities by publishing the confidential letter" after an informant had leaked secret documents.

In 2011, the regional association together with the regional association of Southern Bavaria of the Humanist Union reported the Bavarian Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann , the President of the State Criminal Police Office Peter Dathe and other people involved in the use of government spy software for violations of data protection regulations and, among other things, for computer sabotage. The state association relied on the assessment of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) that the software used by the Hessian company DigiTask could do more than it should and leave serious security gaps on computers. Herrmann defended the operation and rejected the allegations on the grounds that, according to statements by "experts from the State Criminal Police Office", the software could only execute what was ordered by the judge . In October 2011, the state chairman, Stefan Körner , called on Herrmann to resign in the form of an open letter because of the use of the Trojan and to ask the state parliament to fully investigate the incident. The public prosecutor's office at the District Court of Munich I rejected the initiation of preliminary investigations and the related application to waive the parliamentary immunity of the Minister of the Interior by order of October 26, 2011.

Pirate Ash Wednesday

The "Pirate Ash Wednesday" is an annual event that has been held in Ingolstadt since 2010 in the sense of political Ash Wednesday . In the first two years in a club restaurant with around 150 visitors each, due to increased interest in 2012 for the first time in the considerably larger ballroom of the Ingolstadt city theater .

Referendum against tuition fees in Bavaria

In August 2011, the regional association started an initiative for a nationwide referendum to abolish tuition fees . After the referendum "No to tuition fees in Bavaria" was approved by the Free Voters of Bavaria in November 2012 , the pirates joined the alliance in 2012. The website volksbegehren-studiengebuehren.de, which had previously advertised the pirate initiative, has been redesigned to become an alliance website .

Public budgets

In 2014, the Bavarian Pirate Party began to graphically and interactively process the data of the public budgets of individual municipalities and the Bavarian state budget with self-developed programs. The implementation was carried out using the OpenSpending platform .

State chairman

Period Surname Remarks
January 2007 - August 2008 Daniel Albert
August 2008 - July 2009 Andreas Popp resigned from office on the occasion of the candidacy for the European elections 2009
July 2009 - August 2009 Klaus Mueller provisional
August 2009 - September 2010 Klaus Mueller
September 2010 - October 2013 Stefan Koerner confirmed in office on September 7, 2011 and September 16, 2012
October 2013 - November 2016 Nicole Britz confirmed in office on September 13, 2014 and September 12, 2015
November 2016 - November 2017 Dietmar Hölscher
since November 11, 2017 Martin Kollien-Glaser

The former state chairmen Nicole Britz and Dietmar Hölscher left the pirate party and joined the small party courage, founded in 2017, as a member.

Youth organization

Since February 1, 2014 there is a regional association of the youth organization Junge Piraten .

Web links

Commons : Piratenpartei Bayern  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Board of Directors. Retrieved July 14, 2019 .
  2. Membership statistics
  3. ^ Foundation of the Bavarian regional association. Pirate Wiki.
  4. ^ District associations. Pirate Party Germany.
  5. Pirate Party: Pirates Want to Enter the Bavarian State Parliament ( Memento from May 26, 2015 in the web archive archive.today ), Gulli, April 20, 2008.
  6. ^ Frank Müller: Privateer State of Bavaria. Süddeutsche Zeitung, August 6, 2012.
  7. a b Oliver Hollenstein: Körner confirmed as chairman. Süddeutsche Zeitung, September 16, 2012.
  8. District Council of Pirates changes to LEFT. In: www.stadtzeitung.de. Retrieved January 11, 2019 .
  9. David Krcek: Nine local pirates for Bayern. In: piratenpartei-bayern.de. March 18, 2014, accessed January 11, 2019 .
  10. ^ Pirate mandates. In: presse.piratenpartei-bayern.de/piratenmandate. Retrieved January 11, 2019 .
  11. Heiner Effern: Pirate City Council arrives at FDP. In: www.sueddeutsche.de. May 12, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2019 .
  12. City Councilor Michael Bengl joins the CSU parliamentary group. In: www.marktspiegel.de. Retrieved January 11, 2019 .
  13. Local elections 2020 - Announcement of the approved nominations for the election of the city council on March 15, 2020 on nuernberg.de, accessed on March 9, 2020
  14. Dominik Hutter: Back into oblivion. In: www.sueddeutsche.de. March 1, 2020, accessed March 2, 2020 .
  15. https://www.wahl-hof.de/sr2020/ Retrieved on March 17, 2020
  16. Results. Retrieved April 9, 2020 .
  17. Election of the municipal council - municipal elections 2020 in the municipality of Gauting - overall result. Retrieved April 9, 2020 .
  18. ^ Karl Heinz: 3 seats for MfG / pirates in the municipal council - people for Gauting. Accessed April 9, 2020 (German).
  19. by TygKF: PIRATE communal - Results 2020 ›Pirate Party Bavaria. Accessed April 9, 2020 (German).
  20. ^ Pirate Party: Trojans for the State Ministry. Trojan Info, March 21, 2007.
  21. ^ Distribution of costs between the police and public prosecutors in criminal proceedings. Bavarian State Ministry of Justice. (Archive Pirate Party)
  22. ^ Matthias Thieme: Raid at five o'clock in the morning. Frankfurter Rundschau, September 17, 2008.
  23. Mirjam Hauck: Conditionally eavesdropping - raid because of federal Trojans. In: sueddeutsche.de. September 17, 2008, accessed June 21, 2009 .
  24. Pirates report Bavaria's interior minister. Stern, October 18, 2011.
  25. ^ State Trojan: Bavaria's Interior Minister Herrmann railed against CCC and pirates. heise.de, October 22, 2011.
  26. Pirate Party calls for Interior Minister Herrmann to resign. Augsburger Allgemeine, October 11, 2011.
  27. Public prosecutor does not want to investigate because of the Bayern trojan. Internet Law, November 16, 2011.
  28. Pirate Ash Wednesday. Donaukurier, November 28, 2011.
  29. Pirate Party wants referendum against tuition fees. Picture, August 10, 2011.
  30. ^ Successful referendum: Tuition fees in Bavaria before abolition. Spiegel online, January 31, 2013.
  31. Christine Schröpf: Pirates make Bavaria's budget visible. Mittelbayerischen Zeitung, February 12, 2015.
  32. Transparency offensive public budgets. Pirate Party Germany.
  33. 1st State Board 2007 (archive version). Pirate Wiki
  34. Andreas Popp on parliamentwatch.de
  35. 2nd state board 2008 after Popp resigned (archive version), Piratenwiki
  36. Reinhard Jellen : Almost unnerving democratic. Telepolis, August 31, 2009.
  37. Angela Gruber: Fight against Goliath. Süddeutsche Zeitung, May 17, 2010.
  38. 4th State Board 2010 (archive version). Pirate Wiki
  39. 5th State Board 2011 (archive version). Pirate Wiki
  40. Nicole Britz is the new chairwoman , Süddeutsche Zeitung, October 27, 2013.
  41. Christine Schröpf: Pirates put women at the top. Mittelbayerische Zeitung, September 13, 2014.
  42. ^ Bavarian pirates confirm chairwoman Nicole Britz in office , press release, September 13, 2015
  43. Hölscher is the new chairman of the Pirate Party in Bavaria . In: Schwäbische.de . ( schwaebische.de [accessed on November 6, 2016]).
  44. ^ Course towards state elections with a new board. November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017 .
  45. Katja Auer: New "Courage" party: Claudia Stamm lacks good candidates for election. www.sueddeutsche.de, January 11, 2018, accessed on January 13, 2018 .
  46. BY: State organization - LMV-2014-1. Wiki of the young pirates