Thursday, January 14, 2016

Poland’s Right Turn Worries Brussels

Poland has been widely hailed as the poster child of democracy in Eastern Europe in the decades since the collapse of communism. Is that about to change under the ruling Law and Justice Party?

After sweeping to power in October, the Law and Justice Party (PiS), led by former Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczynski, has moved swiftly to tighten controls over the civil service, the courts, and the media. This has sparked large protests across Poland. It has also set off alarm bells in Brussels. But there is little the European Commission is likely to do to sanction a country that brings considerable economic heft to the European Union and is a key NATO partner.

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