It’s sad, isn’t it, how so many member states view the EU as something from which their own country can gain, and nothing else; how their only consideration is their immediate personal gain, and their power and influence, rather than the good of Europe in general.
In this case, I’m obviously talking about Poland. They already have a disproportionally large number of votes in the European Parliament (going by population; if you want to go by economic influence, as some idiots are proposing, it’s considerably worse), and they blocked talks on the new treaty recently because they want even more influence, especially compared to Germany (the current president of the EU, and easily the largest and wealthiest (by GDP) country in it).
When a compromise was finally reached, it gave in to Poland’s fucktarded demands so much six other countries (Belgium among them) wanted to block it.
Eventually an acceptable compromise was reached (after Germany threatened to just move on without Poland), and the new treaty should greatly reduce the ability of individual countries to suck so hard, but fuck.
Poland’s accession in 2004 was, by all accounts, an act of charity on the part of the EU. EU membership brought relaxed immigration agreements with it, so now other EU countries are having to deal with tons of Polish immigrants fleeing its collapsed economy (at least we had the sense not to allow them into the Eurozone until they clean that up; it’s expected they’ll be able to do that by somewhere between 2009 and 2013).
Poland’s self-centered assholery is an abuse of that generosity, and it’s harming the EU as a whole.
(The UK, incidentally, also threatened to stop talks unless they got opt-out clauses on essentially everything that matter, but we’re used to that. At least they aren’t a drain on the EU’s resources.)
It’s one thing to disagree on what the EU is supposed to be (Belgium, for example, wants it to evolve to a kind of United States of Europe, with an overarching constitution and a single European army, while the Netherlands, on the whole, just want a basic economic union), but treating the EU like a cash cow to be milked for your own benefit isn’t something we should put up with. If Poland keeps this shit up, I say we kick them out.
(Maybe we should kick them out anyway. The Kaczyński brothers are making a mockery of democracy and free society.)