Ruling party is undermining the constitution, but Brussels has the tools to stop it
“Brussels must remain firm with Poland, regarding Warsaw’s assault on judicial independence and the rule of law.
The damage caused by the recent judicial overhaul will not be undone by the cosmetic changes recently proposed by Poland in order to reach a compromise with the European Union. They do nothing to address the key problems: the government’s ability to remove up to 40 percent of the Supreme Court’s judges — including the court’s first president — and the justice minister’s power to discipline judges.
The independence of Poland’s Supreme Court — and its entire judicial system — is at stake. Polish civic society, opposition politicians and independent judges are doing what they can to resist. But the EU must intervene in their defense, before it is too late.”