In the New EU
Most Germans are, it seems, enthusiasic about the European Union. All
of the major German political parties are (as is the case in the UK)
enthusiastic and supportive of the European Union.
But I wonder how many
people outside Germany realise just how big a part Germany plays in running the
The new enlarged European Parliament has 732 members - compared to
the old European Parliament which had 626 members. Before the EU was enlarged,
the Germans had 99 seats in the European Parliament. They still have 99 seats
Before the EU was enlarged the United Kingdom had 87 seats in the
European Parliament. Today the United Kingdom has just 78 seats. (We are told
that the reduction in the UK's allocation of seats had to be made to allow for
the new, incoming countries.)
Germany had 16% of the old EU
Today Germany has 14% of the new EU Parliament.
had 14% of the old EU Parliament.
Today the UK has under 11% of the new
It doesn't seem entirely unfair to say that our influence
in the EU is shrinking rather rapidly - certainly more rapidly than that of
Germany, which has, let me remind you, 99 seats in the EU Parliament compared to
I wonder how many Britons know this.
Copyright Vernon Coleman 2004