Poland’s new conservative government is being accused by the EU of breaking the union’s rules on democracy. At issue is what some see as recent attempts to control the judiciary and the media. Threatened sanctions could be serious.
In his first speech before the European Parliament, France's Emmanuel Macron called for energetic changes and open debate with EU citizens. Macron also decried the bickering among EU politicians as a "fool's game."
Hungarians are calling for changes to the voting process they say has given Prime Minister Viktor Orban's party an unfair advantage. International observers have also queried the fairness of the recent national election.
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.
Tuesday is the last day Poland has to respond to Commission demands that it restore the rule of law or face proceedings under Article 7. But according to Polish reports, it has no intention of changing its laws.
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