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Swedish MEP Amelia Andersdotter promises to battle corporate interests for IP reform

While many in America are unaware of it, the European Union recently went through a major overhaul of its government. The passage of the 2007 Treaty of Lisbon has finally gone into full effect after going "officially" into law in 2009 and struggling to be fully implemented in the time since.

Among the many important effects is a shakeup in the number of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) allotted to each member state.  Some states like the UK and France saw their representation shrink, while others like Sweden saw their representation grow.

An unexpected side effect of this is that Sweden's Pirate Party, a party founded on a platform of intellectual property law reform, gained an extra seat in the EU Parliament.  The pirates scored 7.1 percent of Sweden's total votes, which was enough to secure two seats, with Sweden's representation being bumped to 20 MEPs.

With the changes to the representative total finally complete, Pirate Party gal Amelia Andersdotter was just assigned to the second Pirate Party seat in Brussels, home of the EU Parliament.  Ms. Andersdotter was the coordinator of "Young Pirate", an international youth outreach program from the Pirate Party.  She came in second to only party chairman Christian Engström in Sweden's election.

At 24 she will be the youngest representative in the EU Parliament.  She was only 21 when she received the votes that would eventually put her in office.  She will serve through 2014.

In an interview with Torrent Freak she comments:

Not having to answer more questions about when I will finally get to fill my seat is what I'm looking forward to most.  It feels really good that the when-question is over.

I kind of buy into this idea that the European Union is a good thing, and that closer connections between European nations both political and social are advantageous not only on the level of the prices of groceries, but perhaps even more, culturally.

It's nice to be able to say democratisation of EU governance is moving forward, that individual member states aren’t stalling that democratisation for their own nationalist purposes any more.

What I'm not looking forward to as much is perhaps the fear that I will realise most of EU governance is actually a battle between various national interests, rather than one interest in having a good, strong European Union. But it’s difficult of course. ”

The EU is a big place, and one reason people feel closest to 'their' member state is because they know most things about it. I remember the first time I was in Belgium a few years ago and the prime minister resigned and I thought 'oh no!' but another Belgian just said to me 'again?' with a deep sigh.

She says that one key challenge in the EU will be a one that's familiar to the U.S. -- to fight telecoms from bribing representatives to outlaw the will of the public and ban municipal Wi-Fi.  She says another battle will be fighting to get member states to comply with net neutrality restrictions in the face of telecom lobbying.

Amelia Andersdotter
MEP Amelia Andersdotter, at work [Image Source: Hannah Mälarborn/SR]

She says bills like ACTA are symbolic of the past failure of the EU Parliament to stand up to corporate interests.  

She comments, "I find it antagonizing that member states and their politicians try to avoid responsibility for their own failures by blaming the EU, but mostly how successful they are in doing so.  When national parliaments have been saying that they can't do anything about ACTA, activists and media just kind of happily accept. What national parliaments could do, and should do, is obviously tell their national governments not to sign the agreements. That is and would be within their power."

Ms. Andersdotter has previously stated in an interview with the Lund University student newspaper that she would donate her income from serving as an MEP to charitable causes -- namely, Attac, Ordfront, and Amnesty International.

The Pirate Party has thus far failed to obtain a legislative seat in an EU member's national legislature.  Where as the MEP elections appoint candidates on the basis of percentage of votes of the entire member states, national elections in most EU member states typically install a single candidate on a per-district majority vote basis.  The closest the Pirate Party has gotten in that regard is scoring 9 percent of the votes in a recent Berlin, Germany election

Source: TorrentFreak

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By Namey on 11/21/2011 12:52:09 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Hmmmm
By vazili on 11/21/2011 1:06:04 PM , Rating: 4
By the scars on her arm? I'd say so.

still...kinda cute. Let's hope she does a good job

RE: Hmmmm
By niaaa on 11/21/2011 1:24:09 PM , Rating: 1
having done that and being there now...proof of character?

RE: Hmmmm
By jonmcc33 on 11/21/2011 2:35:28 PM , Rating: 2
Cute? Use a search engine to find other pics. She's far from cute. I'd rate her a 3 at best.

RE: Hmmmm
By vazili on 11/21/2011 2:41:29 PM , Rating: 2
ah..I was just looking at the one photo

RE: Hmmmm
By jonmcc33 on 11/22/11, Rating: 0
RE: Hmmmm
By derricker on 11/22/2011 2:03:16 PM , Rating: 4
Funny, all the posts pointing at her ugliness got down rated, I guess that after many years of 5 against one, any walking piece of pu**y will do.

RE: Hmmmm
By derricker on 11/21/11, Rating: 0
RE: Hmmmm
By GulWestfale on 11/21/2011 7:20:51 PM , Rating: 2
she could dotter my anders anytime.

RE: Hmmmm
By Samus on 11/21/2011 11:49:34 PM , Rating: 2
Aww look she's doodling!

RE: Hmmmm
By The Raven on 11/22/2011 10:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
Anders is her father perve!! :-P

RE: Hmmmm
By rs1 on 11/21/2011 5:53:46 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't you be, if you had to deal with trying to fight against the media corporations and their arbitrary control and influence over international government and trade?

RE: Hmmmm
By inperfectdarkness on 11/23/2011 7:25:07 AM , Rating: 2
yep. crazy alright. i bet she shags like a minx.

By Gondor on 11/21/2011 12:47:31 PM , Rating: 1
She be too pretty to be a pirate ;)

Humor aside, I hope these folks bring some sense into the politicians so EU doesn't end up as yet another DRM legislation and patent troll paradise.

RE: Yarr!
By MrBlastman on 11/21/2011 1:22:19 PM , Rating: 3
Cuts on the arms, man. She's got scaaaarrrrrs.

I find this one quote of her's humorous,

What I'm not looking forward to as much is perhaps the fear that I will realise most of EU governance is actually a battle between various national interests, rather than one interest in having a good, strong European Union. But it’s difficult of course. ”

It is the entire problem with the EU and why in my eyes, it is destined to fail. They have a shared currency between nations, yet they refuse to properly centralize all their banking laws. Impossible, I say, to perpetuate for any great length of time.

European Pride will kill their fancy union. That is, unless they federalize their laws and policies to such an extent that it begins to resemble... *gasp* that which they hate... the United States.

They are far too prideful to accept something like that, though. And this--this is precisely why the EU needs to fall apart and separate. She's realistic, at least, somewhat it seems--but I still smell a bit of idealism in there as well. The EU was built upon idealism--and you can't stay idealistic without being realistic at the same time.

RE: Yarr!
By HrilL on 11/21/2011 4:02:00 PM , Rating: 1
Umm actually if our government stayed within the powers granted to it within the constitution we would look very much like the EU. Politian’s here are always looking for what’s best for their state unless it’s better for themselves.

The federal government is only supposed to provide for defense, make laws for interstate commerce, open trade with other countries and a few other things. They are not supposed to regulate industries, protect the environment, pay for any type of welfare be it Medicare, social security, education loans, business loans, bailouts, and so forth. If states chose to do those things that is up to them and their own state constitutions. But the Federal government is not supposed to have any part of those things.

RE: Yarr!
By Master Kenobi on 11/21/2011 8:04:35 PM , Rating: 2
We long ago figured out that many programs have to be handled at the federal level otherwise some states budges take huge hits when all the freeloaders move there. It keeps things a bit more balanced, unless you are from CA in which case your state needs a few classes on budgeting 101.

RE: Yarr!
By HrilL on 11/22/2011 11:58:32 AM , Rating: 2
I am from CA the most welfare state of the union.

RE: Yarr!
By rcc on 11/22/2011 1:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
Starting with, how do you get all the illegals to pay taxes for the services they consume. And/or keep the bleeding hearts from blocking all attempts to cut them off.

RE: Yarr!
By Gondor on 11/21/11, Rating: 0
By kattanna on 11/21/11, Rating: 0
RE: damn...
By Brandon Hill on 11/21/11, Rating: 0
RE: damn...
By kattanna on 11/21/2011 2:50:06 PM , Rating: 1
LOL damn.. those 2 pics look like a boy

RE: damn...
By shabazkilla on 11/21/2011 3:24:14 PM , Rating: 2
RE: damn...
By carniver on 11/21/2011 7:05:08 PM , Rating: 2
I see that in her rebellious age she didn't know how to put on makeup. But she's still very young, spend some time with her appearances and she will become the new political star.

RE: damn...
By Master Kenobi on 11/21/2011 8:02:09 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno, given her style of appearance I'd say there is a good chance she is butch.

RE: damn...
By AstroCreep on 11/21/2011 3:11:47 PM , Rating: 2
Looking like the boys don't have much of a chance...

Whatever makes her happy though. :)

Perhaps what they need...
By ViroMan on 11/21/2011 1:24:25 PM , Rating: 1
... is a child's naivety to politics to bring some sense to politics.

RE: Perhaps what they need...
By Mathos on 11/21/2011 1:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt it's childs Naivety. Things like that may be what it takes to fix the systems.

Now if only such could happen here. Get some of these old men that have been there for years out. It's part of what's caused out party system to fail, people becoming so set in their view that they can't accept those of others, or adapt and make something out of boths views.

Wait until reality sets in
By Beenthere on 11/21/2011 9:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
When she finds out that copyright laws are not something you just delete on a keyboard, she'll be in for a big reality check. The pirates may have voted her in, but let's see how effective she is in overturning copyright laws.

April Comes Early!!!
By Reclaimer77 on 11/21/11, Rating: -1
RE: April Comes Early!!!
By B3an on 11/21/2011 5:12:03 PM , Rating: 4

*world does face palm*

RE: April Comes Early!!!
By Boze on 11/21/11, Rating: -1
RE: April Comes Early!!!
By Boze on 11/21/11, Rating: 0
RE: April Comes Early!!!
By Reclaimer77 on 11/22/11, Rating: 0
RE: April Comes Early!!!
By Boze on 11/22/2011 1:03:20 AM , Rating: 2
Well I'm certainly not being sarcastic. I'll be impressed when she does something of note. I would like to believe she could change the system, but years of disappointment at the political process in all countries leads me to believe otherwise.

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