From the Warsaw Voice.
PM Kaczynski says Poland would have more power in EU if Germany had not reduced the population in WWII
June 22, 2007
Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on public radio that Poland is essentially challenging the new EU voting mechanism on grounds that Poland would have a higher population if Germans had not killed so many Poles during WWII.”If Poland had not had to live through the years of 1939-45, Poland would be today looking at the demographics of a country of 66 million,” Kaczynski said. “We are only demanding one thing, that we get back what was taken from us.” While the PM’s comments have a good deal of truth to them – namely that Poland would be a very different country if not for WWII – they are very undiplomatic. The EU is considering a voting system that takes into account each country’s population – it says a majority is formed by 55% of member states accounting for 65% of the EU’s population.Poland has proposed using the square roots of national populations to narrow the voting power gap between large states like Germany and smaller ones.