Poland slams EU 'pressure' in rule-of-law dispute

Polish President Andrzej Duda (R) and the leader of the PiS party Jaroslaw Kaczynski on November 13, 2015 in WarsawPoland on Tuesday accused the European Commission of attempting to pressure its “democratically elected” right-wing government regarding a rule-of-law dispute triggered by controversial media and justice reforms. Relations between Brussels and Warsaw have been strained since the Law and Justice party (PiS), led by the eurosceptic Jaroslaw Kaczynski, returned to power in October after eight years in opposition. The new government’s legal manoeuvres to gain control over the EU member’s top court and public broadcasters have prompted escalating warnings from the European Commission.

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