Frau Merkel is pushing her revived EU Constitution to enable Germany (based on having the biggest population) to have the biggest clout in the EU, and for said EU to dictate the foreign policies of its member states.
So it’s reasonable for other nations to argue their populations would be bigger if they hadn’t been slaughtered by the Germans in WW2.
First, the London Times (my ellipsis)
Protesters hold placards of the EU leaders in Brussels. Many (EU leaders) are keen to avoid a referendum on the new treaty being negotiated in the next 48 hours.
The 500 million Europeans must speak with a single voice on global issues, Frau Merkel will insist, which means resurrecting the content of the constitution, but calling it a treaty instead.
What this means will become clearer at the summit, but at a minimum it would give the EU a “legal personality,” with a European foreign minister negotiating with above the heads of its member states. This would have made it harder for dissidents such as Prime Minister Blair to defy their partners by sending troops to Iraq.
But the Poles are playing hardball (my ellipsis):
Mr Kaczynski (Polish Prime Minister) said a proposed new EU voting formula based on population size hurt his country because it had not recovered from the losses suffered during the war…
Under the proposed “double majority” voting formula, a majority consists of 55 per cent of member states and 65 per cent of the Union’s population.
Germany, with 82 million people, benefits most from the new system, while Poland, with 38 million people, loses relative power, compared to its more populous neighbour…
“We are only demanding that we get back what was taken from us,” Mr Kaczynski said…
“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.”
He’s right – the Germans killed about 6 million Poles in WW2, plus millions more from other nations now EU members.
Germans might argue they were victims too, so their loss of population should be factored in to current EU voting.
But since they started the war, that’s bunk, and the Poles have it.
But I fear Germany and its ally France will get their treaty, regardless of the views of the taxpayers.