posted on Aug, 3 2009 @ 08:51 AM
Let me, a bit belatedly, comment on a few points:
1. This is a decision by the german constitutional court. It is not a (decisionmaking) political organ; it is also not concerned with foreign (or
domestic, for that matter) policy. Its concern is to uphold the power structure set forth in the german basic law. This means that it was NOT the aim
of the court to increase german influence in EU matters; the aim of this ruling is to force the GERMAN parliament to take more responsibility in EU
Now what is the difference? The difference is that there has been a trend to shift unneeded responsibility, but also blame, from the german to the EU
authorities. "Let Brussels handle it!" has seemed to become a viable political paradigm to steer clear of uncomfortable discussions. This is what
the court wanted to change, it wanted to RE-introduce responsibility european policy into the german parliament, not increase the influence of german
policy in the EU parliament (and, by the way, also strengthen the importance of the constitutional court).
Not to forget, the german parliament will only rule on EU matters under specific circumstances. Contrary to what has been claimed, it will not have a
say in every decision.
2. You are criticising that Germany tries to unduly increase its influence on the EU. Let me tell you however, Germany is "merely" cashing in a debt
the other EU countries have been running up for decades. Germany simply is, by all relevant measures, the most powerful country in Europe - this is
undenied. Germany has however for years artificially capped its influence to appease the other big players in the EU - all the while paying for a
majority of the bloody thing; now circumstances have arose that require Germany to let go off that voluntary restriction.
It is quite remarkable that neither the "old powers" France and UK nor the traditional mediators, the EU co-founding BENELUX countries, have in any
vehemence criticised this development - they know it was only matter of time.
Which leads us to
3. What are these circumstances that require Germany to wake up from its sleeping beauty´s slumber?
It is that several EU members have apparently forgotten or not yet realized that the EU is not the rich uncle that you dont visit for years but call
once in a while when you need money for your new car; the EU works by reciprocity, meaning to have beneficial output, you need to put something in
first - be that political clout, shares of sovereignity, money or just trust.
There is also the problem that various interest groups haev for years campaigned to paint the EU as a lumbering, hostile entity whose sole aim is to
exact power and work on the pensions of a few thousand EU diplomats - put in a nutshell like this one may realize how ridiculous these allegations
To the contary, the EU IS the servant of the European people, and like any governing entity, it will also need something in return once in a while to
get anything done. Whoever denies it that necessity is not a noble free-spirited EU-sceptic, he´s just a moron.
Now, to stop with the amateur-philosophical diatribe, lets look at the facts: Germany already is underrepresented, yet was still the most vocal EU
player to support the EU enlargement and also overrepresentation of said smaller countries.
Germany pushed through the Euro despite having one of the most stable international currency - mind that the Euro is also unfluenced by EU nations
that have not accepted it as their national currency.
Germany is the highest net payer, yet supported not only many foreign national caveats and gigantic money transfers to old and new EU countries alike
- of course jacking up its trade balance that way, but lets try to explain these functions to Johnny Everyman on the street - more than one german
politican sacrificed their carreer on the altar of their own foresightedness, doing what was right against public animosity.
In any case, this behaviour corresponded with the german national character to show a stoic, unanimous front and make decisions in the background.
What happened then is that some EU members somehow lost the foundations and raisons d´être of the EU, as well as the aforementioned principle of
reciprocity, out of sight. Suddenly seemingly everyone felt entitled to make the EU their bitch (pardon my french), trying to preserve an outdated
status quo they actually signed over with the EU ascension. Suddenly everyone wanted to turn the EU into their favor, a favor in which it had
perfectly worked all along.
This was not limited to the three but especially painful when it came from nations that owed so much to the EU and Germany. Poland, Ireland and the
Czech Republic are among the largest beneficiaries of the EU cash flow and of the increased importance they gained through it. And now they stalled
the whole thing for largely (not completely) phoney reasons, with Poland being exceptionally honest about it in stating through the flowers that they
wanted to dumb down german influence and increase the benefits for and the power of the "smaller" countries (read: Poland).
Now, to cut a long story short, to counter this crisis of overdependence on states representing only a small part of the EU, and which gave way to
rampant EU-scepticism and agents provocateurs across the board which tied the hands of France and Britain, Germany is forced to rise and
present itself as the focal point for everyone that still feels that giving the EU some room to maneuver is a somehow clever idea.
This latest court decision is only one stepping stone in this process, while serving the convenient function of slapping those countries in the face
that felt their only option was to stall the whole thing. it has been forced to stand up, swing the hammer and call the "EU court" to order. And
especially those that criticised the EU for its apparent lack of democracy will have to accept that Germany has the biggest say in matters according
to that standard. Germany is by the way not alone in this as many EU members have already and will continue to rally behind it to break the
-Sorry, this has grown a lot longer than I thought...
[edit on 3/8/2009 by Lonestar24]