Poland's Justice Minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, has demoted fifty judges and prosecutors, allegedly without reasonable cause. They have accused him of settling old scores, and they are taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights.
President Duda's veto of two judicial reform bills has called government unity into question. Opposition politicians are hoping that Duda's rejection of Kaczynski's proposals may split the Law and Justice party.
Polish President Andrzej Duda's surprising counterproposal on judicial reform has provoked criticism from many sides. That's because it's clear Duda wants to build up his own power. Paul Flückiger reports from Warsaw.
A proposed reform of Poland's supreme court has been described as the latest step in a string of assaults on the independence of the judiciary by Poland's ruling right-wing Law and Justice Party.
New laws are putting Poland's judiciary under government control. The minister of justice can name and recall judges, placing ones critical of the country's leaders at risk, as one Warsaw justice is finding out.
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