Triggering Article 7 – a previously unused legal mechanism – would result in a nation losing its voting rights in the European Council.
Polish government policies have caused huge concern among EU leaders
The commission is doing its duty to respond to the deliberate attempts by Poland’s government to interfere with the courts, undermine basic checks and balances, and dilute the functioning of a key democratic institution
“Yet faced with a government persistently unwilling to comply with its rule of law recommendations, the commission should logically now be contemplating Article 7 as the next step.
“The government now seems determined to restrict freedom of association. It is seeking to pass a law criminalising non-sanctioned public protests.
“The authorities are also trying to prosecute several people who participated in the December protests, on very questionable grounds.
Philippe Dam (L) made the damning remarks in an article for EUobserver
HRW receives huge funding from Hungarian George Soros and has heavily criticised the policies of the conservative Polish government as a “cross-section of practices that contradict Europe’s values and require action from the European Union”.
The news comes after former Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said Germany had abused the EU for its own gain, warning the era of a EU run from Berlin must come to an end.
Polish PM Beata Szydlo, pictured outside Downing Street after a meeting with Theresa May in November
“It is necessary to strengthen the national states and reduce the competences of the union. We also need to protect ourselves from too much centralisation. Germany benefits from it, but others do not.”
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