• Polish lawmakers pass contentious judicial bills

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    WARSAW, Poland - Polish lawmakers overwhelming approved two bills Friday that would give the ruling party greater power over the judiciary despite blunt warnings from elsewhere in Europe that the legislation contravenes democratic norms.
    Supporters in the conservative Law and Justice party said the changes would make Poland's courts more efficient and more accountable to regular citizens by giving elected representatives a role in choosing judges.
    Opponents said the ruling party, led by powerful leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, was violating international law and Poland's Constitution by...
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  • Polish lawmakers close to passing contentious judicial bills

    Polish lawmakers close to passing contentious judicial bills

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    WARSAW, Poland - Poland's lawmakers prepared for a final vote Friday on two bills that would increase the ruling party's control over the judiciary and that critics say would make judges and courts vulnerable to political influence.
    The populist Law and Justice party has the majority needed to pass the bills, which would change the functioning of the nation's Supreme Court and the process for naming the National Council of the Judiciary, the body the nominates judges.
    Earlier versions were vetoed in July by President Andrzej Duda following mass street protests and condemnation from the...
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