By: Reuters | Brussels |
Published:November 15, 2017 6:46 pm


Poland’s president has a role in approving new legislation and Kaczynski has therefore held numerous meetings with Duda since then to break the stalemate. (Source: AP)

The European Commission on Wednesday aired “serious concerns” over proposals by President Andrzej Duda to overhaul courts in Poland, signalling it would not back down in a dispute that has tarnished the reputation of the former communist country. Long seen as a beacon of economic and political stability in the European Union’s eastern wing, Poland has found itself increasingly in conflict with Brussels since the nationalist, eurosceptic and socially conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party swept to power in an election in late 2015. PiS has been pressing deep changes to the Polish judiciary as well as other institutions, saying they are needed for a moral renewal of the country of…

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