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Germany's 'Joke' Party Wants Seat at EU Table

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May 14, 2019
The satirical political party Die PARTEI runs for re-election to the European Union parliament.

It’s just after noon on a bright weekday in Berlin and Martin Sonneborn is a little hungover. “We’ve just held big campaign events here in Berlin,” he says between sips of orange juice and cappuccino.

Sonneborn, a German member of the European Parliament who is hoping to be elected for a second term, is not exactly your typical candidate. He doesn’t so much want to reform the European Union, or join in the high-minded debates about bloc’s future, as much as he wants to point out the absurdities of the political system that underpins it.