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Poland Stares Down EU Sanctions Talk by Revamping Supreme Court

  • EU Commissioner says Article 7 likely triggered on Wednesday
  • Defying EU pressure, Polish senators overhaul Supreme Court
Warsaw, Poland
Photographer: Piotr Malecki/Bloomberg

The European Union is set to move ahead next week with plans to slap unprecedented sanctions on one of its own members, Poland, for failing to uphold democratic norms during overhauls of the country’s legal system.

Backed by Germany and France, the EU’s executive arm is likely to recommend activating a European Treaty article that would bring Poland a step closer to losing its voting rights, Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Friday. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was defiant, saying his country has the right to revamp courts without interference from Brussels.