By Stefan Grobe
Polish government has to officially justify its controversial justice reforms
A midnight deadline looms for Warsaw to justify its controversial court overhaul.
The EU Commission launched infringement proceedings in December 2017 against Poland over concerns the reforms impacted the independence of the judiciary.
Warsaw has already said that its reforms improve efficiency and accountability - by removing judges who have prospered under the communist regime more than 30 years ago.
On Tuesday, EU countries will be meeting and Article 7 - which, if employed, could see Poland lose its voting rights - will be under discussion.