For months activists have camped out in front of the Polish Parliament in Warsaw. They're counting the days since the ruling Law and Justice party undermined the separation of power in Poland by refusing to publish a constitutional court judgement.
Poland sees Ukrainian human rights activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska as an enemy of the state. But the German parliament has invited her to speak in Berlin, putting a chill on already frosty relations with Warsaw.
Demonstrations took place across Poland as President Andrzej Duda signed into law a measure that enables the right-wing ruling PiS Party handpick the next chief justice.
Leading Polish intellectuals, including a former president, are speaking out against the country's judicial reforms. Fearing Poland's democracy is at stake, they have urged the European Court of Justice to intervene.
Malgorzata Gersdorf has defied a controversial new Polish law forcing all judges into retirement at 65. A former labor leader who helped topple Communism in the country has warned of a potential "civil war."
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