As you all know EU member states are preparing for an important EU summit to discuss a new treaty replacing the failed constitution project. For a summary of whatâ€™s at stake, you can have a look at this BBC News page. I do not have the time to discuss the summit at length, but there is one interesting tidbit that I would like to highlight, if only for its â€œentertainmentâ€ value.
It seems Poland will come up with anything to strengthen its voting power within the EU. First they suggested a countryâ€™s voting weight should be tied to the square root of its population and now, get this, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has started using World War II as an argument for trying to get a larger share of the votes.
He suggested, in a radio interview, that without WWII Poland would have had 66 million inhabitants by now, instead of the current 38.5 million. And since the voting strength of a country is based upon the size of its population Poland would therefore deserve a larger share of the votesâ€¦ Morally, I suppose. Interesting detail: of the 6.5 million Polish people that were killed in WWII 3.5 million were Jewish. (source: an unlinkable page -currently number 123- at NOS Teletekst)
I am sure AFOE readers will find plenty to discuss here. Beware Godwin, though. Also, if you find another source for this, please mention it in comments.
I just love the internet. At ArcaMax Publishing I found another, even more provocative, account of what Kaczynski said:
Poland is challenging population-based voting rights in the European Union by saying it would have more people if Germany hadn’t slaughtered Poles.