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.
The government in Bucharest wants to change the country's justice system and is also planning tax reforms. Civil society, opposition parties, unions and employers' associations are up in arms.
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.
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.
Poland's conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) is whittling away at the country's democracy. Contrary to its claim, recent judiciary reforms are not about "returning the courts to the people," writes Bartosz Dudek.
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