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Poland in Europe

Fiasko of EU Brussels Summit

There will be no European Constitution. At least for now. Italian Premier, Silvio Berlusconi was unable to obtain the compromise from all 25 countries (15 old members and 10 new members). In Brussels summit, 12-15 December, 2003 - Poland and Spain on one site and Germany and France on the other - were unable to compromise on voting power. Poland and Spain were insisting to preserve a voting system from Nice which was giving them 27 votes whereas France and Germany had 29 votes. France and Germany wanted to change it so that it would reflect the amount of population in these countries better. Poles were also insisting on mentioning Christian heritage of Europe in the constitution.

Read more: Fiasko of EU Brussels Summit


Before Brussels Summit: Referendum Outcome

Before we will focus on Poland's fight for Christian values and preserving Nice voting system to counterbalance France and Germany as dominant powers in EU (Brussels summit, December 2003) lets talk about the outcome of EU accession referendum in Poland and other countries candidates.

In spite of some skepticism among their citizens, Poland and all other Eastern European countries voted "YES" to join European Union. They would become the official members in April 2004. Now they can participate in EU meetings as active candidates and future members.

Read more: Before Brussels Summit: Referendum Outcome


EU and Poland: Risk of Dividing Europe

We started a list of problems which may be caused by joining EU in the article: EU Disadvantages: Polish Agriculture (Farming) . For a counterbalance please, read also an article about Potential Benefits of joining EU. I have to stress that the views presented here do not necessary represent my own personal views. The opinions are taken from several Polish anti-EU sources, mainly newspapers and internet.

Lets continue a list of dangers caused by joining European Union according to Polish Euro-skeptics:

The accession of ten countries from Eastern Europe will divide Europe into the first and second category

The Euro-sceptics argue that Polish market will be over-flooded by cheap food and other products from Western Europe that will be imported without any boarder tariffs. Since the Polish farmers receive much less subsidies, especially during the transition period, they would be in more disadvantaged position to compete with fully subsidized products from Western Europe.

Read more: EU and Poland: Risk of Dividing Europe


European Union: A Socialist and Liberal Superstate

This article is a finalization of a discussion about potential problems caused by joining European Union for Poland. In the previous articles we were writing about Problems in Polish Agriculture, and a Risk of Poland being in European Backyard. We were also talking about fear of sell-out of Polish land to foreigners.

Below, more arguments of Euro-skeptics:

European Union is a superstate

EU stands above the local government. It dictates the law for each member-country. It also creates a huge bureaucracy, people who sit in their offices in Brussels and are convinced that they know the best what is good for the foreign country that they never even made an attempt to visit. The Euro-skeptics are afraid that this European Union's super-government would be something like a Soviet Union in the past for the satellite countries of Eastern Europe. It will dictate the member-countries what they should do. It is a first experiment of this kind in the world - such a close union of different countries.

Read more: European Union: A Socialist and Liberal Superstate


EU Disadvantages: Polish Agriculture and European Union

There are many people who are against Poland's joining EU. They are called Euro-skeptics. Euro-skeptics are of course not only in Poland but also in many other countries-candidates. In Poland Euro-skeptics are rather a minority, but an important one. Their voice is heard through many mass media. The most important mass media of Euro-skeptics are probably "Radio Maryja", "Nasz Dziennik" and "Gazeta Polska". Recently the biggest organized political party which is openly against EU is so called Self-defence - a farmer party, in Polish Samoobrona led by Andrzej Leppert.

Read more: EU Disadvantages: Polish Agriculture and European Union


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