A Polish Putin: Autocratic Power Grab Accelerates in Warsaw

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Poland’s national-conservative government was quick to sideline the country’s high court. Now, Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his party have their sights set on complete control of the state.

Staniszkis was long a fan of Kaczynski and has even campaigned for his national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party in the past. She once gushed: “I think he is perhaps the most intelligent politician in Poland. I like him a lot.”

Today, she says: “He wants to monopolize power with no limitations. The approach is informed by a Bolshevik understanding of politics.”

Kaczynski has placed state-run media in Poland under his control and weakened the country’s highest court, known as the Constitutional Tribunal. And that was just the beginning. The Warsaw-based newsmagazine Polityka has even described it as a coup d’état. There have been large protests in the country, harsh criticism from Brussels and a rule of law inquiry from the EU, but nothing has yet stopped Kaczynski.

Now, on his path to absolute power, he is preparing to put every last aspect of the state under his control. Already, he can rely on his party’s majority in Polish parliament to do his bidding. But he apparently has aspirations beyond just dominating ministries, state agencies and the judiciary. Under his leadership, the state is to take on a stricter, fatherly role — not unlike an autocracy.

Read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/poland-government-tightens-grip-on-power-a-1084499.html 

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