Poland took a decisive turn to the right in its parliamentary election Sunday. Exit polls showed the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) winning with 37.7 percent of the vote. The governing Civic Platform took 23.6 percent.
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.
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.
Poland's Law and Justice Party (PiS) is considering whether to seek further reparations from Germany for the massive losses inflicted during WWII. PiS head Kaczynski described the move as a "historical counteroffensive."
Poland's de facto leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has revived demands for German war reparation payments, despite the issue being tabled for decades. The move is nothing more than a diversion, says DW's Bartosz Dudek.
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