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Poland Passes Law That EU Says Threatens Country's Democracy

Poland Passes Law That EU Says Threatens Country's Democracy

As previously reported, the Polish ruling party "law and Justice" (PiS) changed three of the law on the Supreme court, the National judicial Council and the courts of General jurisdiction.

The opposition and protesters are all calling on Duda to veto the reform, as well as two other measures recently adopted which they say increase the control of the executive branch of government over the judiciary.

Proposed by the populist ruling party, it gives the justice minister and the president the power to appoint and assess Supreme Court judges. Duda has so far followed the ruling party line.The vote was 55-23 with two abstentions.

Under the current system, candidates for the Supreme Court are selected by an independent body consisting mainly of judges but also including a few politicians.

But the Czech judges said the bill was an attack on the Polish judiciary's independence.

"I wanted to be here on this historic day when our freedoms for which we fought for more than 25 years are being taken away", said Piotr, 48, who came to the protests in Warsaw with his five-year-old son. The bill on the Supreme Court.

European Union officials disagree, and if the Supreme Court measure goes into effect, it could trigger an effort in Brussels to strip Poland of its voting rights in decisions of the bloc - a never-invoked nuclear option.

A crowd in front of the Presidential Palace, carrying Polish and EU flags responded by chanting, "Free Poland, European!"

If Warsaw's nationalist-minded PiS does not back down, the government could face fines and even a suspension of voting rights, although other eurosceptics in the European Union, notably Hungary, will likely veto strict punishment.

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Party spokeswoman, Beata Mazurek, said Thursday that people in small towns across the country have a sense the justice system is not on their side and the party wants to change that. The article allows the union to pursue sanctions against a member state if that country is said to be committing fundamental rights violations.

The KRS revamp has been approved by parliament and is awaiting Polish President Andrzej Duda's signature. "We will not be intimidated by Polish and foreign defenders of the interests of the elite", the prime minister said in an address on state television.

"Our generation succeeded in putting Poland back on track and ensuring the separation of powers", the former president said in the northern city of Gdansk.

"The price for judicial independence, which is a value, was a lack of compulsory reform", Tusk said. The bill was not subject to any public consultation and was passed by the lower chamber just nine days after it was first submitted.

The bill will go to parliament's upper house on Friday, where PiS has an absolute majority.

Since coming into power in 2015, the PiS has sought to tighten government influence over courts, and brought prosecutors and state media under direct government control.

Ideally, therefore, victory needs to be won by the people of Poland, supported by democrats and progressives everywhere.

Public protests are planned for Thursday evening.

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