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Polish right-wing downplays visit from European rights watchdog

Thousands of people march through Warsaw to protest against the government's moves that have paralyzed the nation's highest legislative court, the Constitutional Tribunal in March 2016Legal experts from a European rights watchdog on Monday arrived in Poland to check up on a longstanding feud between the constitutional court and the governing conservatives, who have downplayed the two-day visit. The delegation from the Venice Commission, a body within the Council of Europe, has been monitoring the high-pitched constitutional crisis which t has also drawn concern from Washington and the European Commission. Poland’s top court has been in crisis since late last year, when the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party swept to power and immediately pushed through legislation that critics say paralysed the constitutional court.

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