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EU opens legal case against Poland over judicial reform

Poland passed a law that would punish judges who criticize the conservative government's judicial reforms. The European Commission fears that politicians could use the reforms to control rulings.
The European Commission, the EU's executive branch, has launched a legal case against Poland for what they consider is an attempt to muzzle judges.
Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into a law a controversial billthat would allow for the punishment of judges that criticize the government's reforms of the judicial system. Dozens of judges have already been punished for their criticism
EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders wrote on Twitter that the new law in Poland "undermines judicial independence and is incompatible with the primacy of EU law."
Wednesday's case is the fourth the Commission has put forward against Warsaw since the conservative government, led by the nationalistic Law and Justice Party (PiS), began instituting judicial reforms.

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