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European Report Slams Polish Government for Imperiling Democracy

  • Ruling party dismissed criticism from `foreign institutions'
  • Opposition leader warns of Polish `Maidan' if crisis escalates
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The Council of Europe condemned Poland’s government for endangering democracy by overhauling its highest court, deepening a standoff between the administration in Warsaw and its European partners.

The report from the council’s Venice Commission said changes by the four-month-old government to the Constitutional Court had imperiled rule of law in the EU’s largest eastern member. Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said Friday the government would take the recommendations “very seriously,” although the ruling Law & Justice party dismissed the findings as foreign meddling when they were leaked to Polish media earlier this month.