Opinion & Blogs

I’ve never understood why political parties, governments, and parliaments propose laws whose only effect is to make life worse for its citizens. On May 30, the Hungarian Parliament passed a law which will make the lives of children with learning disabilities more difficult. [...]
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 8:28:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Andrzej Duda promised to veto two bills seen as limiting judicial independence but has now signed a third Poland’s president has signed into law one of three contested bills that organises the judiciary in a way that critics say limits their independence.President Andrzej Duda announced on Monday after days of [...]
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 7:35:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Fears Duda is not defending of rule of law but coordinating response with ruling party to eventually put judiciary under its controlThe Polish president Andrzej Duda’s decision to yield to street protests and veto two of three bills that threatened to give the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) control [...]
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 6:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Andrzej Duda says he will block proposed legislation that would have put supreme court under control of ruling partyPoland’s president appears to have bowed to the pressure of nationwide protests by announcing he will veto controversial judicial reforms that would wipe out the supreme court’s independence and allow the justice [...]
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 3:29:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
After 5 days of protests President Duda finally vetoes two of the laws passed by Polish parliament and signed the third. [...]
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 2:59:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
If you’re living in Poland, we’d like to hear your perspectives on proposed constitutional laws that Andrzej Duda has vetoed after protestsPolish president Andrzej Duda has moved to veto two bills that have sparked protests throughout the nation. Related: Poland's president to veto controversial laws amid protests Continue reading... [...]
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 11:01:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
While the international media evangelises its pro-European poster boy, in France the mood is one of nervous anticipation before an unknown and ambiguous political actor. [...]
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 9:59:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
The Polish government has gifted power over the supreme court to politicians. The EU must get tough and withhold fundingThe decision by Poland’s upper house of parliament to give the government de facto control of the country’s highest court is a serious mistake with negative implications for Europe. The legislation [...]
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 11:05:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Protests continue after senate approves laws seen as serious threat to democracyThe EU is expected to give Poland’s rightwing government until September to reverse a controversial set of laws that give the country’s politicians control over its supreme court. Related: Poland's former president Lech Wałęsa joins protest against judicial overhaul [...]
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 11:04:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Wałęsa addresses protesters in Gdańsk, condemning plans by rightwing ruling party to take control of Polish legal systemThe former Polish president Lech Wałęsa has joined protests that have broken out across the country over plans by the populist ruling party to put the supreme court and the rest of the [...]
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 4:58:00 PM, Continue reading at the source