Sooner rather than later [...] the EU must be able to prevent and correct breaches of Union values. We should create the powers to apply sanctions – if necessary including financial sanctions - that can act as effective deterrence.
The rulers [in Poland] do not behave as if they were meaningful constrained by law; whenever it does not suit their political purposes, they simply amend it. This is not a rule of law, this is rule by law.
In what many are seeing as an indicator for next year's national elections, Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party has had contrasting results in regional polls. The Eurosceptic group did well in provincial assemblies, but fared badly in the major cities.