Law and Justice

Democracy Digest: Poland Closer to Getting Hands on EU Recovery Cash

To get the law through, the ruling Law and Justice {PiS} even rejected some amendments proposed by MPs from the party of hardline Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro. On Wednesday night, it seemed the Justice Ministers' crowd was ready to let this one go in the name of, as they said, "a far-reaching compromise".

Could Poland Throw the EU into Disarray or Is It an Empty Threat?

But Warsaw is flexing its muscles to lash out against the EU more generally. The PiS government has rejected the judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on its reforms of the judiciary. And Warsaw refuses to pay the penalties imposed by the CJEU, which to date amount to over 130 million euros.

Democracy Digest: Poland Focuses on Pegasus and Putin

Tusk's announcement is important because it means the liberal opposition has received support from maverick politician Pawel Kukiz, whose four MPs are currently key to PiS maintaining its parliamentary majority. To support the opposition request, Kukiz has asked for the commission to have a broader remit, investigating surveillance under several governments, including Civic Platform ones.

Abortion in Poland: A Year of Living Dangerously

The right-wing populist party dismissed appeals from EU institutions to reconsider the law and contained the subsequent mass street protests that engulfed the country, suffering only an initial drop in opinion polls before bouncing back. Enjoying the support of around 37 per cent of voters, PiS remains far ahead of the opposition in the polls.

Democracy Digest: More Talk of an Axis of Rightists in the European Parliament

"Prime Minister Viktor Orban discussed the creation of a new European political grouping in a video conference with Matteo Salvini, leader of the Italian Lega party, and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, vice-president of the Law and Justice party (PiS)," Bertalan Havasi, the prime minister's press chief, announced on Wednesday.