It recommended that EU leaders invoke Article 7, a process that could eventually lead to Poland’s voting rights being suspended. The Commission’s deputy head, First Vice President Frans Timmermans said he was obliged to take action to protect the Union as a whole. The European Commission gave the socially-conservative Law and Justice party in Warsaw three months to change things to remedy the situation. Members states have different opinions. Budapest said on Tuesday that the move by the Commission violated Poland’s sovereignty.
PM Mateusz Morawiecki
Germany and other Western powers threw their weight behind Brussels, which argued that Polish ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s push to have control of judicial appointments poses an “existential” threat to EU norms. Since coming into power in 2015, the eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS) has quarrelled with Brussels over its push to assume more control over courts and public media, as well as migration policy. The PiS government rejects accusations of undemocratic behavior and says reforms are needed because courts are slow, inefficient and steeped in a communist era-mentality.