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The European Commission has demanded daily fines from Poland over its defiance of EU court judgments, resulting in ministers in Warsaw accusing it of aggression and blackmail. The Court of Justice of the European Union will set the penalties.

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The Polish government has agreed to dissolve a controversial disciplinary chamber for judges in a climb-down following a European court ruling. The European Commission initiated infringement proceedings in April 2020 in regards to the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court on the basis that it th

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Poland's judges have defied a European court order to undo the country's judicial reforms, casting doubt on its future as a member of the EU. Stanisław Piotrowicz, a senior judge, said the interim measures of the Court of Justice of the European Union were “not in line” with the Polish

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Polish human rights chief Adam Bodnar has been ordered to leave his post by the country's top court. Mr Bodnar, widely regarded as a nuisance to Poland's authoritarian ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, was appointed as Commissioner for Human Rights with the support of opposition parties in 2015.

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A court in the Netherlands has refused to extradite a man to Poland due to concerns about his fair trial rights in a country facing a rule of law crisis. The decision, which has been condemned by the Polish government, comes amid international criticism of the erosion of judicial independence in the

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Further concerns have been raised about the independence of the judiciary in Poland after a judge linked to the ruling right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party was appointed head of the Supreme Court. Małgorzata Manowska, a 55-year-old judge who briefly served as a deputy justice minister in a PiS-le

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The European Union has begun legal proceedings against Poland for undermining the rule of law as it expressed “serious concern” the country will not host "free and fair" elections next month. Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland, has said a postal ballot will take place next

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Poland's most senior judge and one of the strongest critics of the country's controversial justice reforms has firmly criticised the government as her term in office comes to a close. Malgorzata Gersdorf, who became the first woman to hold the position of first president of the Supreme Court on her

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Controversial proposals to tighten Poland's already-strict abortion laws have been effectively shelved by MPs. The bill, which was introduced under a citizen's initiative mechanism by the right-wing Life and Family Foundation, would have removed fatal foetal abnormality as a grounds for abortion.

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The head of Poland's human rights commission has thanked the Irish judiciary for supporting a protest in Warsaw against the erosion of judicial independence in the country. Supreme Court judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin, wearing an Ireland national football team scarf, represented the Association of

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Controversial plans to allow judges in Poland to be sacked have been dealt a major set-back after they were rejected by the upper house of the country's parliament. The governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party, which won a second successive majority in last year's elections, is pressing on w

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