Poland’s new leader seems hungry for total control. The west can’t look away

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The shackling of Poland’s top court is the latest troubling sign that Jarosław Kaczyński is taking his country in Hungary’s illiberal direction.

Democracy is under threat in Poland, the European Union’s sixth-largest member state. Just two months after the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party won parliamentary elections and took over government, this is a view shared by more than half of the Polish people (56%).

On Monday, despite protests from the European commission and tens of thousands of Poles who have taken to the streets in recent weeks, the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, signed into law a controversial bill undermining the ability of Poland’s judiciary to effectively maintain checks on parliament.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/31/poland-leader-jaroslaw-kaczynski

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