The EU treaty breathed new life into the sleepy city in the southern Netherlands. But Maastricht has more to offer than EU institutions: an historic old town with repurposed churches and a whole lot of fine dining.
The Article 7 procedure was designed to deter member states from advancing policies that threaten democratic institutions. The European Commission has triggered it after Poland enacted controversial judicial reforms.
Poland is facing a March deadline to roll back recent reforms that threaten judicial independence or face EU sanctions. So far there has been little headway with Warsaw insisting it will stand its ground.
Ruud Lubbers, the Netherlands' longest serving prime minister, has died aged 78. Lubbers also headed the UN refugee agency on a symbolic $1 salary, and, in 1991, hosted the EU's formative Maastricht summit.
The European Parliament has backed a plan for unprecedented punitive action against Poland for undermining the rule of law with a series of judicial reforms. Poland could, theoretically, lose EU voting rights.
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