Saturday 15 September 2018

The Situation in Poland in a Nutshell

For those of you who wonder about what's happening to Poland at the moment (and why I have a vignette over at top left of the Polish flag being trampled), here's a short video which represents things as citizens on my side of the barriers (Poland's white rose movement) see it. Here's the blurb from the producers Vox:

Poland is pushing the EU into crisis   SHARE
It’s reaping the benefits while ignoring its rules.
By Sam Ellis and Liz Scheltens Sep 14, 2018, 8:50am EDT

Poland is changing. In 2015, PiS, a nationalist, right-wing party, won an absolute majority in both houses of the Polish parliament and the presidency. Since then, PiS has been systematically taking over the country’s judicial branch by packing the courts with loyalist judges and threatening judicial independence.

This has brought PiS into a confrontation with the European Union, of which Poland is a member; the EU has rules that require member countries have an independent court system. These rules were designed to protect countries from becoming authoritarian. But PiS has simply ignored the EU.

It’s a shocking turn for a country that, just a few years ago, was hailed as one of Europe’s most promising young democracies. PiS is putting Poland’s democracy at risk while also undermining the European Union.

Watch the video  to see how Poland is pushing the EU into a crisis [...] that could threaten Europe’s hard-won peace and prosperity following centuries of conflict.

For more detail on the 2017 Independence day march, read this excellent piece by Christian Davies in the Guardian:

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