Elections like the European elections are usually the domain of big parties, their candidates normally characterised by formal suits and demeanour. But the Euro threw up some more-left field choices. Among them Sweden’s Christian Engstrom, who won for the Pirate Party, an off-shoot of Pirate Bay, the operation recently convicted of illegal internet file-sharing.
“I can do is spread the knowledge existing on the net,” he said. “I personally can’t achieve anything special. But there is an incredible force among activists, who understand the questions well.” Romanian voters plumped for their so-called Queen of the Jet-set. Elena Basescu, daughter of the President, has also been called a Barbie Doll and Romania’s Paris Hilton, but the one-time model insists she is worth more than that. She won for her father’s Liberal-Democrat party, and says she’s put her nightclub life behind her. No success for Royalty though. Prince Emmanuel of Savoy campaigned in northwest Italy for the centrist UDC. 22,000 people voted for him, although not enough to win, but the Prince says he is happy with the experience and intends to remain in politics.