The fine is the latest development in an ongoing conflict between Warsaw and Brussels over rule of law, which reached a critical moment earlier this month, when the politically controlled Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruled that some articles in EU Treaties were not compatible with the Polish Constitution.
It was his girlfriend's idea. Valentine's Day was coming up and she wanted to see Fifty Shades Darker over the weekend. Koscielnik was not so keen. His exams were coming up and he would rather have been revising. He was 20 years old, a student at a technical college in his hometown of Oswiecim, in southern Poland.