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EU Withholds Cash to Poland as Nation Snubs $238 Million Fines

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The Supreme court in Warsaw.

The Supreme court in Warsaw.

Photographer: Omar Marques/Getty Images

Poland has racked up 237 million euros ($238 million) in unpaid fines since the European Union’s top court issued a record penalty over democratic backsliding last year -- forcing the bloc to start withholding about 111 million euros of EU funds earmarked for the nation.

While Poland has shown a more conciliatory tone with the EU over the criticisms, the government hasn’t paid a cent since the EU Court of Justice in October slapped it with a 1 million euros a day fine for failing to dismantle a controversial regime for disciplining judges, according to Didier Reynders, the EU’s justice commissioner.