June 02, 2016
EU Sends A Stern Warning To Poland
In an unprecedented decision, the European Union gave Poland an official warning that states the country’s recent changes to its constitutional court are endangering the rule of law. Since coming to power last October, Poland’s conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) has made changes to the Constitutional Tribunal that render it ineffective, according to the EU. Conservative government officials no longer recognize judges appointed by their predecessors, and the country’s top court has lost veto power.
What does this mean for Poland?
The Polish government isn’t the only country that is backsliding into extreme right-wing leadership, though the European Union may make an example out of them. Poland has two weeks to respond to the EU. If they fail to return an equal share of power to their Constitutional Tribunal, the country could be stripped of its EU voting rights and face sanctions.