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EU Threatens Sanctions over Polish Overhaul of Judiciary

HeadlineDec 21, 2017

The European Union is threatening to strip Poland of its voting rights in Brussels, as the right-wing Polish government overhauls the judiciary, despite deep public opposition. Polish protesters and the European Union say a slew of recent legislation, including two new laws signed by Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday, undermine the independence of the courts. This is European Union official Frans Timmermans.

Frans Timmermans: “Sadly, our concerns have deepened. Within a period of two years, a significant number of laws have been adopted—13 in total—which put at serious risk the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers in Poland.”

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