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Central Europe 26-09-2018

Polish PM Morawiecki: The Commission is breaking the dialogue with Poland

The Polish government "is constantly discussing the law on the Supreme Court" while the European Commission had decided "on a step that would hamper this dialogue to some extent", Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday (September 25). EURACTIV Poland reports.

Poland avoids new EU lawsuit in extremis

First Vice President Frans Timmermans on Wednesday (19 September) was expected to ask the College of Commissioners to refer the Polish Supreme Court law to the EU’s top court, the European Court of Justice.
EU Elections 2019 19-09-2018

Bulgarian government sides with Orban against Article 7

The Bulgarian government decided today (19 September) to take the side of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban against the possible Article 7 procedure requested by the European Parliament.
Future EU 18-09-2018

‘Sad day’ as Poland banned from EU judicial body

Poland was banned Monday (17 September) from the EU body representing the member states' judicial institutions over its perceived lack of independence after controversial government reforms.

Polish government rejects Brussels’ objections regarding Supreme Court

The Polish government has rejected the Commission's objections to its controversial law on the Supreme Court, stating that the Commission cannot assess justice in the member states. A complaint against Poland before the EU Court of Justice could soon follow. EURACTIV Poland’s media partner “Gazeta Wyborcza” reports.
EU Elections 2019 14-09-2018

EPP unsure about retaining or expelling Orbán’s party

The European Parliament's vote to censure Hungary presents the assembly's dominant centre-right bloc with a dilemma over whether to retain its populist Hungarian allies or expel them months before elections.
Future EU 13-09-2018

Poland worried by EU vote to censure Hungary

Poland on Wednesday (12 September) said it was very worried by the European Parliament's rare decision to launch a procedure against Hungary for posing a "systemic threat" to the EU's founding values.
EU Elections 2019 12-09-2018

Greece’s New Democracy leader says Article 7 on Hungary should be activated

Greece’s centre-right New Democracy party said yesterday (12 September) that it would vote in favour of the Sargentini report on activating Article 7 against Hungary.
Future EU 12-09-2018

Defying EU, Poland names new acting Supreme Court chief

Poland's presidency on Tuesday (11 September) named a new acting head of the Supreme Court as Warsaw presses ahead with an overhaul of its judiciary that critics, including the EU, say undermines the rule of law in the ex-communist state.
EU Elections 2019 11-09-2018

Orbán divides EPP ahead of crucial European Parliament vote

The European Parliament held a highly incendiary debate about Hungary on Tuesday (11 September), ahead of a vote on whether to trigger Article 7 against the country, exposing serious internal divisions in the European Peoples’ Party, which includes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's party.
EU Elections 2019 07-09-2018

Juncker: Orbán’s EPP membership ‘is a problem’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker believes that the EPP membership of Hungary's ruling party, led by Viktor Orbán, "is a problem", according to reports by Italian media.
Elections 06-09-2018

Hesitant MEPs advised to ‘go for a coffee’ during Hungary vote

Next week's vote in the European Parliament on whether to trigger punitive Article 7 against Hungary will be a moment of truth for the EPP political group, whose behaviour will largely determine its outcome, an influential MEP said on Thursday (6 September).
Future EU 05-09-2018

Hungarian NGOs say Article 7 vote is also about alerting other EU members

The European Parliament will vote next week on a proposal to trigger Article 7 against Hungary. Hungarian civil society leaders threw their weight behind the proposal on Wednesday (5 September), saying it was the last chance to defend democracy in Hungary.
Elections 05-09-2018

Openly gay Polish mayor launches Macron-inspired democracy movement

An openly gay Polish mayor launched what he termed a "pro-democratic" political movement on Tuesday (4 September) aimed at challenging the EU country's governing right-wing party accused by critics and the EU of passing reforms that threaten the rule of law.

EU ramps up legal threat to Poland over court reform

The EU on Tuesday (14 August) stepped up its legal threats to Poland over its controversial supreme court reforms, giving Warsaw one month to comply or risk being hauled before the bloc's top court.

Top Polish court halts disputed judge retirements, pending ECJ ruling

Poland's Supreme Court said on Thursday (2 August) said it was suspending the forced early retirement of judges over the age of 65, and judges who want to should stay in place until EU's top court decides whether measures that will effectively allow the government to choose the court's staff breach EU law.
Future EU 27-07-2018

Thousands protest as Polish president signs judicial appointments law

Thousands of people staged protests across Poland on Thursday (26 July) after President Andrzej Duda signed into law a measure effectively letting the government choose the next Supreme Court chief.

EU member states can refuse arrest warrants issued by Poland

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday (25 July) authorised EU members to refuse arrest warrants issued by Poland if they doubt defendants will get a fair trial there.

Commission starts procedure against Poland over Supreme Court overhaul

The European Commission formally notified Poland on Monday (July 2) that it had initiated infringement proceedings against the country because of the controversial Supreme Court Act, but gave the Polish authorities one month to answer.

EU to open case against Poland over Supreme Court law

The European Commission will open a legal case against Poland to challenge a new law forcing the early retirement of some 40% of the country's Supreme Court judges, officials said yesterday (28 June), a move likely to develop into a formal lawsuit.

Poland’s defence of contested judicial changes leaves EU unconvinced

EU ministers held the first-ever Article 7 hearing in Luxembourg on Tuesday (June 26) to determine the state of play in the rule of law dispute between Brussels and Poland. The EU remains unconvinced by Poland's recent efforts, with everyone waiting to see if and how a crucial judicial reform will go ahead on 3 July.

MEPs call on Parliament to trigger Article 7 procedure against Hungary

The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) recommended on Monday (June 25) triggering an Article 7 procedure against Hungary for breaching the fundamental values of the Union under Viktor Orbán’s rule.

Poland faces turbulent months at home and in EU

Will the European Union continue to allow the Polish government to deceive it over violations of the rule of law? Will the opposition manage to consolidate? Will Jarosław Kaczyński return to Polish politics? The fate of Polish democracy could be decided over the coming months. EURACTIV'S media partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.

Open letters to Commission call for action in Polish rule of law dispute

Two separate letters, signed by MEPs across the political spectrum and former Polish leaders, demand that the Commission take swift action to halt a controversial judiciary reform in Poland, already closely watched by Brussels for fears that it threatens the basic democratic rules.