- Very stupid quote and extremely ignorant. What country are you from? Don't forget that the German as'sholes received billions of dollars from the United States after WWII so they could get back on their feet. What did Poland get? Europe owes Poland.
And in return, America got a steadfast ally against Communism. America hardly gave Europe money because she felt nice - she gave money to Europe to ensure that America would have a firm presence upon Western Europe.
Calling Germans "********" just shows that you're terribly ignorant about modern Europe - you might want to note that the Polish Foreign Minister has just managed to pull off a nice piece of diplomacy with Germany.
That's the thing. Poland should be Polish (I have been to Poland). Not a mess like the UK or France.
Aha, all is clear. You believe President Kaczynski is a good, strong leader, don't you? :)
Let's not forget that the "mess" of the UK and France is considerably wealthier than Poland and far more stable.
How does the Lisbon treaty reinforce democracy? Wasn't that the document that was voted against by the people of multiple countries, and was then renamed and rammed through national parliaments?
It actually does make things significantly better in many areas - the EU should be more efficient now, and Lisbon also crucially, for the first time, introduces the formal exit mechanism that the EU was criticised for lacking. Really, Lisbon was a way of making the EU able to operate with the inevitable addition of most of the remaining European countries. The EU was also deadlocked at 27 due to Nice imposing a hard limit - which is why Croatia is still out in the cold despite being more than ready for membership.
Remeber, people voted for national parliaments - and in some cases, like in the UK and Poland, there are elections coming up in which anti-EU parties can make a case for withdrawal.
The Swiss and the Norwegians seem to have the right idea. All the benefits without all the stupid laws.
Quite the opposite in fact - Switzerland was told in no uncertain terms that they either accepted many difficult things (right to reside and work for EU nationals and their families being the big one, alongside Schengen) or they faced having the bilateral trade treaties torn up. They managed to get away without contributing money to the EU - but they certainly didn't get it all their own way. Just look at how much EU legislation is extended to Switzerland - they don't have a choice, it's either accept it or face isolation.
Norway is a huge contributor to the EU - they pay nearly 1 billion Euro a year in membership fees, yet they have little to no say over EU law, which is extended to Norway by means of the EEA. In fact, all that Norway really retains is control over fishing.
The problem is that without the EU having the power to dictate, we would never see things like Open Skies in the EU. And let's not forget that the EU has ensured similar standards throughout Europe - which is fundamentally a good thing for everyone. The recent upgrade for consumer warranties to last 2 years - this is an example where the EU told member states to do something, and it has had a massive benefit for ordinary consumers. Likewise with RHD cars - Poland is inevitably going to be told to register them, which benefits consumers as RHD cars can be bought cheaply.
Let's not forget that ultimately, the whole point of the EU is to bring countries closely together so that the horrors of war can never dawn on Europe again.
I fear however, that one day, we'll see a horrific war between the EU and the USA.