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Polish Leader Says EU Can't Stop Controversial Court Overhaul

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Jaroslaw Kaczynski. 

Jaroslaw Kaczynski. 

Photographer: John Guillemin/Bloomberg

The European Commission’s threat to sue Poland over a judicial overhaul "won’t break" the government’s determination to push through changes that have drawn international condemnation and sparked street protests, the head of the ruling party said.

Law & Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has pushed back against European Union officials’ efforts to halt what they say is a threat to rule of law in the country of 38 million people. Following sweeping changes that have ousted judges from courts and given the government broad influence over the judiciary, the bloc’s executive took the first step last week toward a possible lawsuit against Warsaw.