EU warns Poland to protect 'rule of law' over judicial crisis

Thousands of people demonstrated in Poland's capital Warsaw and other cities, accusing the conservative government of undermining democracyThe European Union warned eastern European powerhouse Poland to avoid endangering the rule of law with controversial reforms that former president Lech Walesa said undermined democracy and made the country a laughing stock. The EU’s executive arm “attaches great importance to preventing the emergence of situations whereby the rule of law in (a) member state could be called into question,” according to the letter. Parliament on Tuesday adopted — by 235 votes to 181 with four abstentions — reforms to the Constitutional Court which have provoked an avalanche of criticism at home and abroad.

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