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EU alarmed by Poland's reforms

With the replacement of top intelligence officials, a reform of the public media and the disempowerment of the Constitutional Court, Poland's national conservative government under Beata Szydło is pressing ahead with the reform of state structures, provoking protest at the EU level. Is pressure from Brussels the right response?

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Sunday, 17. January 2016

Poland reawakening demons of the past

In their reaction to EU criticism Poland's politicians have set their sights on Germany. Among other things Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has insinuated that with his choice of words EU Media Commissioner Günther Oettinger brought to mind the Nazi era. Relations between Poland and Germany are a source of concern, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter comments: » more

Main focus of Friday, 15. January 2016

Warsaw defends itself against criticism from Brussels

In response to the EU Commission's decision to open an inquiry against Warsaw Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło has defended the national conservative government's course, ... » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Thursday, 14. January 2016

EU's double standard frustrates accession candidates

The fact that Poland and Hungary are not facing any real consequences even though the rule of law there is under threat is frustrating for countries like Serbia that are making a great effort to comply with the EU's standards, notes the centre-left daily The Irish Times: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 14. January 2016

EU examines rule of law in Poland

The EU Commission launched a probe on Wednesday to examine whether Poland's recent reforms are undermining the rule of law and democracy in the country. ... » more

Delfi - Lithuania | Thursday, 14. January 2016

Lithuania faces a dilemma

There is no single correct response to the developments in Poland, political scientist Kęstutis Girnius writes on web portal Delfi: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 14. January 2016

EU must respect Polish voters

The liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung urges the EU to say yes to dialogue but no to sanctions in handling the situation in Poland: » more

Fakt - Poland | Thursday, 14. January 2016

Warsaw must not ignore warning signal

The EU's move is a clear warning to the Polish government, the conservative tabloid Fakt surmises: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Wednesday, 13. January 2016

Brussels certainly no enemy of Warsaw

The European Commission will discuss the reforms of the Constitutional Tribunal and of the public broadcasters introduced by the new national conservative government in Poland this Wednesday. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza approves: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 13. January 2016

EU should not interfere in Poland

The new Polish government's massive influence on public radio and television must be condemned, but not by those outside the country, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny warns ahead of the EU Commission's meeting on the subject today: » more

Lrt - Lithuania | Monday, 11. January 2016

Poland's amateurishness bad for all Eastern Europe

According to Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski Warsaw would be willing to agree to limited benefits for EU migrants if additional Nato military bases were to be set up in Poland in return. With its amateurish politics the Polish government is also hurting the interests of other countries, writes the Lithuanian broadcaster LRT on its website: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, 11. January 2016

Don't exaggerate criticism of Warsaw

Martin Schulz should be use care in formulating his criticism of Poland, the centre-left daily De Volkskrant urges: » more

Main focus of Friday, 8. January 2016

Poland: Controversial media law in effect

The Polish President Andrzej Duda signed the controversial media law put forward by the national-conservative PiS government on Thursday. Next week the European Commission will ... » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Friday, 8. January 2016

Brussels cannot discipline Warsaw

By supporting the controversial media law President Duda is trampling on European media freedom and the EU can do nothing about it, laments the liberal daily Jutarnji list: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 7. January 2016

More headwind needed from the West

Poland's new government can only be stopped if faced with criticism from a broad Western alliance, columnist Timothy Garton Ash writes in the centre-left daily The Guardian: » more

Népszabadság - Hungary | Tuesday, 5. January 2016

EPP should not criticise PiS

Even though Poland's national-conservative ruling party PiS has curtailed the Constitutional Tribunal's powers and put the public service media on a tight leash it would be a bad idea for the conservative EPP group in the European Parliament to criticise it, writes the left-liberal daily Népszabadság: » more

NaTemat - Poland | Tuesday, 5. January 2016

Warsaw must not ignore Brussels

So far Poland's national-conservative government has failed to respond to the EU's enquiries regarding its reform of the Constitutional Court and the new media law. Brussels wants to address the issue on January 13. The editor-in-chief of the liberal portal NaTemat Krzysztof Majak argues that ignoring Brussels would be a mistake: » more

Mandiner - Hungary | Monday, 4. January 2016

Visegrád four on the advance

Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, who together form the Visegrád group founded in 1991, have put together a 3,700-solder EU rapid reaction force for the first time at the start of the year. 2016 could be the year of the V4, commentator Gellért Rajcsányi writes on opinion portal Mandiner: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 5. January 2016

EU Commission has double standards

It is increasingly obvious that the EU Commission does not treat all member states equally, the liberal daily Jutarnji list complains: » more

Nasz Dziennik - Poland | Monday, 4. January 2016

PiS standing up to Western colonialists

The warnings from Brussels are just a sign that the EU is worried it will lose its influence over Poland, the national-Catholic daily Nasz Dziennik writes: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 4. January 2016

EU harder on Poland than on Hungary

Brussel's criticism of the new Polish media law elicits a surprised reaction from the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more

Público - Portugal | Sunday, 3. January 2016

Brussels must bring Warsaw in line

Unlike with Hungary, in the case of Poland the EU must take clear and decisive action, writes the liberal daily Público: » more

Deutschlandradio Kultur - Germany | Thursday, 31. December 2015

Poles don't need sermons from Brussels

Poland can do without Brussels' finger wagging, writes the public service broadcaster Deutschlandradio Kultur: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 29. December 2015

Orbán's strategy has worked perfectly

The title of "Most Successful Politician in 2015" goes to Hungary's head of government Viktor Orbán, remarks the centre-left daily Der Standard with bitterness: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 29. December 2015

Kaczyński proves his worth as a strategist

Jaroslav Kaczyński, the leader of the national conservative ruling PiS party, has demonstrated the best tactical skills among Poland's politicians, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita writes: » more

Dennik N - Slovakia | Tuesday, 22. December 2015

PiS declares war on its adversaries

The developments in Poland since the election give cause for concern outside the country too, writes the liberal daily Dennik N: » more

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | Monday, 21. December 2015

Nato raid a false report

According to reports in the German media the Polish military police raided a Nato counter-espionage centre on Thursday night and took over its management. The journalists should get their facts straight, the conservative daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna admonishes: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Monday, 21. December 2015

Poland and Hungary undermining democracy

The sweeping reform of the state in Poland and Hungary contravene the Copenhagen criteria, the conservative daily Jyllands-Posten criticises: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, 18. December 2015

PiS trains its sights on civil servants

Polish MPs discussed a draft law presented by the national conservative ruling party PiS which foresees the dismissal of 1,600 top civil servants. For the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza this is more than just a coincidence: » more

L'Echo - Belgium | Wednesday, 16. December 2015

No success without a common immigration policy

The strengthening of EU border protection was long overdue but it won't be enough to save the Union, the liberal business paper L'echo warns: » more

Gość Niedzielny - Poland | Tuesday, 15. December 2015

EU criticism of Poland pure neo-colonialism

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło called on EU Parliamentary President Martin Schulz to apologize to Poles for comparing the political shifts in Poland to a "coup". It's about time she protested, the Catholic portal Gość Niedzielny applauds: » more

Super Express - Poland | Monday, 14. December 2015

Don't overrate demonstrations in Poland

Tens of thousands of supporters of Poland's ruling PiS party demonstrated in Warsaw on Sunday in response to an equally large march the day before by government opponents. So what else is new? asks the conservative tabloid Super Express: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Friday, 11. December 2015

Don't make too many concessions to London

British Prime Minister David Cameron asked Poland on Wednesday to support the negotiations for keeping his country in the EU. But Poland must not simply go along with everything the UK wants, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita points out: » more

Gość Niedzielny - Poland | Monday, 7. December 2015

Ban artificial insemination now

Poland's new national-conservative government wants to bring an artificial insemination programme introduced by the last government to a premature end by the middle of next year. Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today, urges Bogumił Łoziński in the Catholic portal Gość Niedzielny: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 7. December 2015

PiS boss Kaczyński creating his own state

The Polish government has appointed four new constitutional judges from its own party ranks. It is working towards its vision of creating a new state order in Poland, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: » more


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