In response to a government plan to consolidate power with the right-wing Law and Justice Party, the European Commission is threatening sanctions against Poland. But Polish pro-democracy activists are pleading with the EU for support.
The crisis in Nicaragua is coming to a head. The Organization of American States and the European Union are increasing the pressure on Daniel Ortega's government. Will it work, or fizzle out, as it did in Venezuela?
Poland is expected to use the Brussels meeting to urge a greater presence in Eastern Europe. Warsaw is also lobbying for what it regards to be a key guarantor for stability: A permanent US troop presence in the country.
The European Commission has argued that Warsaw has violated the rule of law by putting top judges in early retirement. Critics say the ruling Law and Justice party wants to stack the court with supporters.
Pro-government forces in Nicaragua have retaken the opposition stronghold city of Masaya following hours of violent clashes. The regime of Daniel Ortega "acts despicably," activist Bianca Jagger told DW.
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