Government rejects renewed pressure from EU on rights
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.