>> Poland broke a UN environmental law when it went ahead with large scale logging in one of Europe’s ancient forests. The European Union’s highest court made the ruling on Tuesday in the latest in a series of disputes between the pair. The Alowics forest straddles the country’s border with Belarus, as well as, being and ecologically important World Heritage site, it's also home to the rare European bison.
Back in 2016, Warsaw tripled logging quotas, arguing it was necessary to control a beetle infestation. In it's final ruling, the European Court of Justice, disagreed, deciding Poland endangered many birds and insects with the logging. Warsaw ignored a court order last July to stop immediately and carried on for months.
Drawing the ire of environmentalists, some of whom took to chaining themselves to logging equipment in protest. The country's Rawling Loren, Justice Party, has been at loggerheads with Brussels since it won power in 2015, including on judicial independence and migration. It stopped the logging this year, as part of a broader campaign to improve ties with the block after two years of bitter feuds.
Poland's Environment Ministry says, it will respect Tuesday's ruling, but environmental groups say the damage has already been done.