EU Moves to Discipline Poland for Abridging Democratic Rules

  • Ruling party suspected of politicizing high court, media
  • Brussels announcement likely to fuel nationalist backlash

Beata Szydlo celebrates winning the Parliamentary election at the headquarters of the Law and Justice Party on Oct. 25, in Warsaw, Poland.

Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

The European Commission took a first step to discipline Poland’s new ruling party for seizing heightened control over the state, fueling a debate about whether eastern Europe is slipping back into its authoritarian past.

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