>> Watched closely by the European Union, Poland's President has unveiled proposals which will give him more power over its judiciary in what's being seen as a critical test of Warsaw's respect to rule of law standards. President Andrzej Duda wants to change the constitution to have a greater say and for the nomination of top judges.
> But critics say it's part of a bigger drive towards authoritarianism. After nationwide protests, Duda unexpectedly vetoed two of three reform bills proposed by the Law and Justice party in July. Under the vetoed reforms, all current Supreme Court judges would have been removed immediately, unless they had the approval of the Justice Minister.
Poland is locked in a dispute with the European Commission over the legal changes in the country. It's concerned the courts will be politicized. Brussels is applying mounting pressure on Warsaw, with some EU members considering punishment for the Nationalist PiS ruling cabinets over democratic standards.