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Jutarnji list - Croatia | Friday, January 8, 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: "If Poland were still a candidate for EU membership its accession negotiations would probably have been put on ice for disregarding the basic European values. But against a full member the European Union has barely any means of sanction, in fact it has none. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's statement yesterday also made that clear. Rather than exercising criticism he meekly pointed out that the issue should not be overdramatized. That leaves Poland free to quickly introduce the mechanisms it believes will restore the country to its original Catholic values, which were under threat from the centre-left way of thinking."

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