Published on 22 Jul 2017 Sections ,

Protests over Polish government’s take-over of its Supreme Court

Europe Editor and Presenter

Tens of thousands have protested – with rallies and candle-lit vigils – even the former Solidarity leader Lech Walesa addressed crowds in Gdansk in scenes reminiscent of the 1980’s. But, so far, to no avail. The Polish government’s move to overhaul its Supreme Court – to politicise it – has been approved. Only the country’s president now stands in the way of what critics have called a move to authoritarianism. And, of course, the EU which is threatening sanctions on Poland in what is becoming a major test of European unity.