Poland stand-off over judicial independence
Theresa May’s main business today has been a trip to Poland, where she refused to criticise the Polish authorities over what critics call its attacks on judicial independence – insisting it was a matter for them. The European Union has begun unprecedented proceedings which could end with the suspension of Poland’s voting rights – saying…
Radoslaw Sikorski: ‘Polish government doesn’t have mandate for reforms’
Former Polish minister Radoslaw Sikorski talks about Andrzej Duda’s decision to veto a controversial law to replace supreme court judges with government nominees. Is it a victory for people power, or did the threat of EU sanctions carry the day?
Polish president blocks government’s controversial reforms
In the name of justice and the rule of law, the Polish president has blocked two out of three controversial judicial reforms which have sparked eight days of mass protests across the country. The president said he was rejecting proposals backed by MPs, one to replace supreme court justices with government nominees, and another giving parliament the…