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>> Poland could face unprecedented punishment by the European Union. Warsaw threatened with suspension of its voting rights in the block. That, over judicial reforms which the European commissions says undermines Polish court's independence.>> The common pattern of all of these legislative changes, is that the executive or legislative powers are now set up in such a way that the ruling majority can, systematically, politically interfere with the composition, the powers, the administration and the functioning of these authorities.
>> The commission argues Poland's reforms constitute a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values, especially the rule of law. But Poland is fighting back. The country's ruling party, the PIS, slammed the move as politically motivated and without merit. And Warsaw does have some leeway. The EU has given it three months to remedy the situation.
A PIS spokeswoman says new Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who only became leader two weeks ago, is willing to talk to the Commission in the new year. Warsaw also has an ally in neighboring Hungary. Sanctions can only be imposed if all EU governments agree that the rule of law has been breached.
While France and Germany say they would agree with the ruling, Budapest has already declared that it won't support any such motion.