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The Politics of Shitstorms Is the Pirate Party Its Own Worst Enemy?

Germany's political establishment doesn't know how to react to the Pirate Party, which now has seats in two state parliaments and owns the debate on Internet issues. But although the party's radical experiments in transparency and participation may have caught its rivals off guard, its no-holds-barred debating culture can also backfire. By SPIEGEL Staff
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan