Poland's Senate has approved a contentious reform. The bill would put the Supreme Court and the rest of the judicial system under the control of the populist ruling Law and Justice Party. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have been gathering.
Poland recently passed a bill that bans spontaneous protests and allows police surveillance at this year’s world climate summit. Civil society groups say Poland wants to silence environmental defenders.
Freedom leader Walesa has urged the younger generation in Poland to take action against a controversial judicial reform bill. Opponents of the new law say it would put an end to an independent judiciary.
After a brief struggle for power, Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has resigned. President Klaus Johannis named Defense Minister Mihai Fifor as interim prime minister, but the political crisis continues.
Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) party's contested judicial reforms have passed another key hurdle, despite protests and warnings from the EU. Hungary's Viktor Orban has vowed to support Poland amid EU sanction threats.
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