Poland is turning authoritarian and Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban supports it out loud
Source :News Bharati English   Date :23-Jul-2017

Warsaw, July 23: Just as recently, France’s Senate passed the controversial bill, Poland did not waste time to pass the controversial court reforms in the country. The new laws will empower the executive body greater than the judiciary system. In the early hours of Saturday, Poland’s Supreme Court approved the law forcing immediate retirement of all the Supreme Court judges. The respective move has called upon street protests against the government and threat of EU penalties. However, amidst all the ruckus and criticism, Hungary decides to back Poland and its decisions.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has vowed to defend Poland at this hour of need. Hungary will also use all possible legal means in the European Union to show solidarity with the Poles. Calling for "patriotic governance" against the EU, Orban said Poland was a victim of harassment from Brussels, in the same way he said Hungary had been in its sights since he took power in 2010.

Earlier as well, Poland’s Senate backed a bill that gave MPs and the Justice Minister the power to appoint judges. The ruling Law and Justice Party says this will fight corruption. Critics say it will destroy judicial independence. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in recent weeks to oppose the bill, which will see all Supreme Court judges removed and replaced. Poland's President, Andrzej Duda, will decide whether or not judges - who will be forced into retirement - can have their jobs back.

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