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Polish president defies EU to sign disputed court reform into law

President Andrzej Duda, pictured on December 15, 2015, signed into law a controversial bill reforming Poland's constitutional court despite widespread domestic oppositionThousands of people have taken to the streets over changes pushed through by the governing conservative Law and Justice Party (Pis) that the opposition says threaten judicial independence. The eastern European powerhouse has been plunged into a political crisis since the PiS won an election in October after eight years in opposition. Duda’s move came four days after the legislation was adopted by parliament, triggering EU warnings that the reforms could undermine rule of law.

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