Gov­ern­ment re­jects re­newed pres­sure from EU on rights

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WAR­SAW | Poland’s gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day re­jected re­newed pres­sure from the Euro­pean Union for how it is con­sol­i­dat­ing power, and op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers pushed ahead with a plan to oc­cupy par­lia­ment all the way into the new year.

The heart of the is­sue is whether Poland’s pop­ulist and na­tion­al­ist Law and Jus­tice party is tak­ing an au­thor­i­tar­ian turn and erod­ing demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions.

The fo­cus of con­cerns has cen­tered largely on the in­de­pen­dence of Poland’s Con­sti­tu­tional Tri­bunal but also on other is­sues per­ceived as back­slid­ing on fun­da­men­tal po­lit­i­cal rights.

The gov­ern­ment stands by its demo­cratic cre­den­tials and says that street protests and the op­po­si­tion’s oc­cu­pa­tion of par­lia­ment are at­tempts at desta­bi­liz­ing the state.

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