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About Pawel Swidlicki

Pawel Swidlicki is a Policy Analyst in Open Europe He is an expert and media commentator on a range of issues from the EU budget and EU regional policy, to the role of national parliaments in EU decision making. Pawel also follows how domestic politics in the UK, Poland and Germany impact on these countries' EU policies. He has also worked on Open Europe Intelligence. Prior to joining Open Europe, Pawel worked in the City and also in Westminster. Pawel holds a BA in History from the University of Leicester and an MA in International Relations from the University of Nottingham. Twitter: @pswidlicki

The European Commission Should Be Wary Of Intervening In Polish Domestic Politics

Since it came to power, Law and Justice has wasted little time in introducing sweeping reforms to state institutions which have widely been described as undemocratic both at home and abroad. Two measures are particularly problematic. Firstly, the appointment of five new judges to the Country’s Constitutional Tribunal, an act the Tribunal itself deemed partially unconstitutional. This was followed by package of measures making it very difficult for the Tribunal to rule against any future government legislation – laws can only be blocked by a two-thirds majority of at least 13 out of the 15 judges.
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