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Poland’s Incoming Prime Minister: ‘My Dream Is to Re-Christianize the EU’

  • Morawiecki vows to help western EU states with ‘proper values’
  • Lawmakers pass judicial bills EU sees as undermining democracy
Supreme Court building in Warsaw, Poland.

Supreme Court building in Warsaw, Poland.

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Poland’s incoming prime minister threw down the gauntlet with the European Union, offering to "help the West with proper values" after his allies advanced a judicial overhaul that the bloc has criticized as democratic backsliding.

Premier-designate Mateusz Morawiecki, tapped to replace Beata Szydlo halfway through the government’s term, rejected threats by EU leaders who have warned that Poland may lose out on the aid that drives its economic growth if it didn’t uphold the rule of law. His comments followed a heated parliamentary debate in which the ruling Law & Justice party approved draft laws to revamp the Supreme Court and overhaul a panel that appoints judges despite warnings from EU officials that the measures may trigger sanctions.