The Rule of Law Is Under Assault Across Europe. Can the EU Save It?

Hundreds of demonstrators hold candles to protest against proposed changes to Poland’s justice system, in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 3, 2018 (AP photo by Czarek Sokolowski).
Hundreds of demonstrators hold candles to protest against proposed changes to Poland’s justice system, in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 3, 2018 (AP photo by Czarek Sokolowski).
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The European Commission announced new legal measures last month aimed at curbing the erosion of judicial independence and the rule of law in member states. While several Central and Eastern European governments have sought to exert political influence over their judiciaries, the European Union’s latest actions were primarily directed at Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, known by its Polish acronym PiS, which has intervened in the country’s justice system since winning an outright majority in parliament in 2015. In an email interview with WPR, Artur Wolek, the public policy and administration professor at the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow […]

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