EU launches probe into new Polish laws


The European Commission has opened an unprecedented inquiry into whether new Polish laws break EU democracy rules.

Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced a “preliminary assessment” under the EU’s “rule of law mechanism“.

Critics of Poland’s right-wing government protested at changes to the Constitutional Court and media laws.

The EU mechanism allows the Commission to press a member state to change any measure considered a “systemic threat” to fundamental EU values.

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