The current standoff between the Polish government and the EU Commission over the rule of law risks becoming a new threat to EU cohesion. The dispute goes beyond disagreements over policy to the nature of the European project itself.
The Commission insists that the EU is above all a “community of law”: the rights that membership confers on its citizens hinge on EU law being enforced in all member states via domestic courts.
This makes the independence and impartiality of national judges a legitimate EU concern. And the Commission believes that recent attempts by the Polish government to overhaul the judiciary—including giving the minister of justice…
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