It has been revealed that the people behind a drone circling in the sky at an election rally for Chancellor Merkel were the Pirate Party.
The newly formed movement campaigns for greater transparency in politics.
There was amusement from Merkel as the drone crash landed in front of her at the event in Dresden on Sunday.
The Pirate Party admitted the crash had not been part of their plan, but said they were pleased the stunt had drawn attention and they had captured photos of Merkel and her team on stage.
They said they were protesting against the EU’s use of drones as part of its security framework as well as a scrapped spy drone deal which cost Germany more than 500 million euros.
Merkel has just under a week left of rallies around the country before the national elections on September 22.