Law and Justice

Zbigniew Ziobro’s Game of Thrones

He has certainly made the headlines recently. In late March he gave an interview to the far-right weekly Sieci, in which he openly accused the prime minister, his nominal boss, of implementing policies more in tune with the opposition. Mateusz Morawiecki, he said, "is a skilled politician who knows how to convince the PiS leadership to run a policy contradictory to the 2014 agenda".

Democracy Digest: Holdup in EU Recovery Fund Averted as Polish Parties Strike Deal

Ziobro argued that the measures to allow the EU to generate "own resources" for the plan (ie. issue debt) would lead to a further - unacceptable, in his view - erosion of national sovereignty. Also, as the architect of the PiS's controversial justice reforms, he did not like the rule-of-law conditionality that the European Commission has attached to the disbursement of funds from the RRF.

Polish Government’s Assault on the Free Media: “Death by a Thousand Cuts”

The one-day break in broadcasting, black front pages of newspapers and black home pages of news portals were meant to warn everyone of how the media would look once the nationalist-populist government led by the Law and Justice (PiS) party completes its mission to kill off the independent media.