Pol­ish court at heart of con­flict marks 30th an­niver­sary

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A top court at the heart of Poland’s po­lit­i­cal tur­moil and Europe’s con­cern about the na­tion’s rule of law is mark­ing its 30-year an­niver­sary.

The cer­e­monies honour­ing the Con­sti­tu­tional Tri­bunal are be­ing held yes­ter­day in the north­ern city of Gdansk, the cra­dle of Poland’s democ­racy.

De­fy­ing the govern­ment, Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamow­icz of­fered to host the ob­ser­vances af­ter Poland’s par­lia­ment, dom­i­nated by the rul­ing party, cut the court’s bud­get.

The rul­ing con­ser­va­tive Law and Jus­tice party is tak­ing steps to con­trol the court and pre­vent it from block­ing govern­ment-pro­posed leg­is­la­tion.

Euro­pean Union lead­ers have ex­pressed con­cern about Poland’s rule of law and thou­sands of Poles have marched in protest against the govern­ment’s ac­tions.

The govern­ment be­lieves it will pre­vail af­ter the term of the court’s cur­rent head ex­pires Dec. 19

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