Poland blasts EU ‘blackmail’ over judicial reform after voting rights threat

RT – July 26, 2017

In the latest jab aimed at Brussels, Warsaw has accused the EU of blackmailing it over controversial judicial reform. The European Commission said it was ready to suspend Poland’s voting rights at the EU.

The confrontation came on Wednesday, after Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law a bill allowing the justice minister to hire and fire chief justices in common courts.

The bill was one of three reforming Poland’s justice system pushed ahead by the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), with the other two tightening government control over the Supreme Court and a special body protecting the independence of judges.

In a surprise move on Tuesday, Duda vetoed the two other bills, but his decision to greenlight the third still drew criticism from the European Commission, which said Poland was undermining EU values by compromising the rule of law.