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Since winning the elections on 26 October 2015, the Law and Justice party has embarked on reforms in Poland with unprecedented speed. These affect the balance of power of the Polish state and the shape of the public media. A deep constitutional crisis has ensued. The government and the parliamentary majority are in open confrontation with the Constitutional Tribunal. The European Commission took the unprecedented step of launching its new ‘rule of law mechanism’, which could result in EU recommendations for reforms and worse, sanctions against Poland.

In response to these developments, DRI has started tracking the above-mentioned changes more closely. Through the analysis of legal frameworks, the organisation of debates and the publication of recommendations, DRI is engaging in the current discussion about where Poland’s democracy is headed.

 

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