Poland to LEAVE EU? Brussels forces Poles to edge with threat to PUNISH nation for defying
An opposition Polish politician said the EU could see what was happening in the country and accepted the threat that Poland could be forced out of the bloc.
Warsaw has been given a week by the European Union to halt judicial reforms after it said it would put courts under direct government control, or face punishment for undermining democracy.
Last week, the Polish parliament adopted a new law which would allow them to choose the successors of 15 judges of the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS).
Speaking on Newsnight, Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz said the EU could see what the Ruling party are trying to do to the Polish constitution.
She said: “[The Ruling party] don’t retain the right to change Polish constitution but they try to do this by the ordinary acts. Like the act on the dismissal of all judges on the supreme court.
“I heard today from Mr Timmermans a very strong statement that the European Union, see what is happening in Poland at the moment.
“That Law and Justice broke Polish constitution, that Law and Justice broke on all those laws on which the European Union was built.
“European Union see that the Polish government, the Law and Justice government threatens the Polish journalists.”
The European Commission could trigger the Article 7 procedure against Poland which would impose sanctions on the country for violating fundamental rights of its citizens.
European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said: “Given the latest developments, we are coming very close to triggering Article 7.
“If implemented in their current form, these laws would have a very significant negative impact on the independence of the judiciary and would increase the systemic threat to the rule of law in Poland.”
Large anti-government demonstrations have taken place on the streets of Poland as the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) pushes through legislation to dramatically change the country’s legal order.
Ms Gasiuk-Pihowicz said the Government had entered a “war” with Polish democracy as it attempts to push laws through to reform the judiciary system.
She added: “At the moment we have a commission on human rights and justice ongoing. The subject is the act on liquidation of the supreme court.
“I have to admit unfortunately that the current government represents nothing more than populism and nationalism, it has entered the open war with Polish democracy.
“At the moment we have free acts which actually aim at total liquidation of the independence of the Polish judiciary system. The first act, for example, dismissed all [judges] of the supreme court. The new person who will be appointed, the new judges will be the minister of justice of the ruling party. It is of course against Polish constitution.
“At the moment we have a couple of thousand people demonstrating all over Poland, peacefully but systematically against this liquidation of the independence of the Polish judiciary system.
“If all those free acts will be implemented as I think that we could start speaking about Poland as a democratic country could be an overstatement in a few days.”
The EU’s Article 7 powers have been in place since 1997 but have never been deployed against any member state.
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