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Poland's President Says Enough Is Enough

The government's illiberal policies are finally meeting resistance.
Duda splits from the party that backed him for the presidency.

Duda splits from the party that backed him for the presidency.

Photographer: Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Polish President Andrzej Duda just surprised almost everybody by vetoing parts of new government legislation that assaults judicial independence. "As president, I don't feel this law would strengthen a sense of justice," he said.

He's right. Poland's democratic institutions are under threat, and the new initiative is only the latest of many. The government should weigh this embarrassment carefully, and think again.