Polish Senate backs contested court reforms, despite EU warnings

Thousands of people demonstrated in Poland's capital Warsaw and other cities, accusing the conservative government of undermining democracyPoland’s Senate approved controversial reforms to the country’s highest court which have triggered protests at home and EU warnings that they could undermine the rule of law, in a overnight session. The bill, which changes current conditions in the Constitutional Court, was pushed through by right-wing senators who hold the majority in the upper house, in the early hours of Thursday. To become law, it now only needs the signature of conservative President Andrzej Duda, who fanned the feud over high court when he swore four new judges onto the body this month.

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