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Gloves Come Off in EU Clash With Rogue Members Over Rule of Law

  • Poland and Hungary challenge legality of EU tool at top court
  • EU is flexing new powers tied to rule-of-law violations
Participants take part in a pro-EU demonstration following a ruling of the Constitutional Court against the primacy of EU law in Poland, in Warsaw on Oct. 10.

Participants take part in a pro-EU demonstration following a ruling of the Constitutional Court against the primacy of EU law in Poland, in Warsaw on Oct. 10.

Photographer: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images

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The struggle between the European Union and members Poland and Hungary over the rule of law erupted into full-blown legal conflict.

The rebel nations are challenging new powers the bloc is using to punish them for undermining democratic values, both on the EU level and through their own judicial systems.