Poland is really making a reputation for itself in EU circles at the moment – not for the right reasons. They are again forcing their idea that voting weights in Council should be proportional to the square root of a country’s population, not directly proportional to population – as proposed by the Constitution. Quoted in EUObserver, Marek Cichocki, one of Poland’s negotiators stated that giving Poland greater voting weight would be the “Polish historical rebate” for the fact that “for 50 years Poland for no fault of its own was outside EU integration”. What a load of complete rubbish. Do the Brits get more as well, as we were not in the EU until 1973?
Poland needs to learn that the way to get influence in Brussels is to be pleasant to the other countries in the club. If you support them, they will support you. If you just do your best to annoy your neighbours, I think they might be none too pleased to help when you have a problem. So to hell with the square roots, and here’s to hope that Poland see the error of its ways at some point soon and start being cooperative again.