About: rule of law

Central Europe 14-12-2017

With freedom of thought under fire, Poland drifts away from democracy

When I think about the past two years in Poland, the infamous poem by Władysław Broniewski - "Word about Stalin", written on the occasion of the Soviet dictator's 70th birthday - comes to my mind, writes Bartosz T. Wieliński.

Central Europe 11-12-2017

Polish president Duda: Enough with dependency

Polish President Andrzej Duda inaugurated on Tuesday (December 5) the centenary of independence before the National Assembly. In his address, he appealed for  the rejection of "false shame infused with us for years on our national history and identity.” EURACTIV Poland reports.

Venice Commission active on Poland, expects the same from Warsaw

The Venice Commission is waiting for the response of the Polish government regarding the sent draft opinions on the reform of the judiciary in Poland, as well as for confirmation that a representative of the Polish government will participate in the next plenary session of the Commission. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Maltese police arrest ten suspects in murder of anti-graft journalist

Maltese police have arrested ten suspects in the murder of anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Monday (4 December), after an EU delegation left the island last week saying there were serious concerns about the rule of law there.

Illegal logging to cost Poland €100k a day in EU fines

The European Union's top court said on Monday (20 November) Poland would be fined €100,000 a day if it did not stop large-scale logging in Bialowieza Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

European Parliament sets in motion ‘nuclear option’ for Poland

The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday (15 November) a resolution calling for the application of the so-called ‘nuclear option’ for Poland, Article 7 of the EU Treaty, because of the threat to the rule of law in the biggest Eastern European country. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Politics 14-11-2017

‘Nuclear option’ against Poland?

MEPs will on Wednesday (15 November) discuss and adopt a resolution on the rule of law in Poland. The draft contains a request for the EP's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to prepare a report - the first step towards initiating the infringement procedure of Article 7 against the country. EURACTIV Poland reports.

EU needs to fund resilience against far-right surge

The EU should support independent media, education and civil society to halt the far-right’s erosion of the rule of law and fundamental rights, argues Israel Butler.

Polish minister accuses EU of ‘spreading lies’ in logging case

Illegal logging in an ancient Polish forest has been blown out of proportion by the European Commission, which “spread lies" and "manipulated the facts", according to Poland’s environment minister, who insisted on yet another hearing as part of an ongoing legal case.

Future EU 13-10-2017

France and Germany seek to reform cohesion funds

Germany wants to tie cohesion funds to the recipient countries’ respect for the rule of law. Emmanuel Macron would like the countries to respect a minimum tax rate before disbursing aid to regions. Is it time to change the criteria for accessing cohesion funds? EURACTIV France reports.

Polish rule of law dispute comes to a head

The EU will assess on Monday (25 September) if there is backing for unprecedented sanctions against Poland's rightwing government over fears its court reforms threaten the rule of law.

Enlargement 05-09-2017

Slovenia says it would be ‘very funny’ if Croatia joined Schengen

Slovenia on Monday (4 September) warned fellow EU member Croatia that failure to implement the Piran ruling will amount to a breach of the EU's rule of law.

Future EU 31-08-2017

Juncker and Merkel go radio-silent in Berlin meet-up

European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker has in the past publicly backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel for re-election in September. But neither were willing to discuss a “confidential” meeting on Wednesday (30 August). EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU deadline passes for Poland to comply on court reforms

Poland has missed an EU deadline to respond to concerns over controversial court reforms by the right-wing government, which Brussels fears will erode judicial independence, a Brussels spokesman said on Sunday (28 August).

Commission concerned over Romanian judicial overhaul

The European Commission asked the Romanian government on Thursday (24 August) for more details about a proposed overhaul of the judiciary, expressing concern it may be a step back in the fight against corruption.

Future EU 09-08-2017

Poland ‘still’ a democracy, says foreign minister

Poland's foreign minister denied Wednesday (9 August) accusations that his EU country is drifting towards authoritarianism amid a string of government reforms that have triggered mass protests at home and EU warnings about rule of law violations.

Poland accused of ignoring EU ruling on protected forest logging

Environmental activists have accused Poland of ignoring an order from the EU's top court to stop large-scale logging in one of Europe's last ancient forests - an allegation dismissed by Warsaw.

Polish government adviser: Commission position is ‘grotesque’

The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against Poland and has threatened to strip Warsaw of voting rights if it does not respect the rule of law. But a government adviser insists Brussels is being hypocritical and has little legal reason to get involved.

EU takes action over Polish court reform

The European Union announced on Saturday (29 July) it had launched legal action against Poland's rightwing government over a new law that it fears will erode judicial independence.

Commission threatens to trigger ‘nuclear option’ for Poland

The European Commission has “substantial concerns” about the rule of law in Poland. The ongoing reform of the judiciary, meant to increase the government’s control over the judicial system, has pushed the College of Commissioners to issue a third set of recommendations to the Polish government.

Article 7: The ins and outs of the EU’s ‘nuclear option’ for Poland

The European Commission will decide on Wednesday (26 July) how to deal with the Poland's reform of its judicial system, which Brussels and the Polish opposition say undermines the judiciary's independence and violates the EU's basic principles of the rule of law.

Freedom of thought 24-07-2017

Polish president vetoes controversial court reforms

Poland's president on Monday (24 July) vetoed controversial judicial reforms that had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions.

Tweets of the Week, Episode 12
Brexit 21-07-2017

Tweets of the Week: Brexit negotiations, rule of law, and Belgian fries

Brexit talks are underway, rule of law goes astray, but Belgian fries are here to stay.

Polish parliament approves controversial Supreme Court bill

Tens of thousands of Poles protested on Thursday (20 July) against a new law that allows parliament to appoint Supreme Court judges, defying a European Union warning that the move undermines democracy and the rule of law.