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Brussels and Warsaw in new tussle over post-COVID recovery fund
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MEPs want confidence vote in VDL over COVID cash decision for Poland
Senior MEPs have criticised von der Leyen for approving Poland's recovery plan despite concerns over its rule of law provisions.
Brussels approves €35B Polish recovery plan despite rule of law doubts
The plan was blocked for more than a year over controversial judicial reforms in Poland.
EU determined to uphold rule of law following Orban's re-election
Hungary's Justice Minister had urged the bloc not to create division amid the war in Ukraine.
EU member states can leave, but can the bloc kick one of them out?
The EU has not included such a procedure in its treaties — adding it now would take years and most likely fail.
What's next after Brussels triggers rule of law mechanism on Hungary?
The never-used procedure will target the €6.1 billion the country gets every year from the EU budget.
Polish judges detail rule of law backsliding in new documentary
Some Polish judges are making sure the conflict between Warsaw and Brussels over rule of law backsliding isn't forgotten.
'Nazi salute' in EU parliament was 'an innocent wave', says MEP
Angel Dzhambazki raised his right hand after speaking in a debate on the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.
ECJ rules in favour of making EU cash handouts conditional
The high court rejected a bid by Poland and Hungary, which argued the budgetary instrument exceeded EU competences.
EU must be prepared for a possible rigged election in Hungary | View
In April the European Union could face the first ever significantly rigged vote in one of its member states. A full observation mission should be sent to this year's parliamentary election, warns German Marshall Fund fellow Daniel Hegedüs.
Rule of law in the EU: Is Slovenia following Hungary's path?
The European Parliament adopted a critical resolution on the backsliding of EU values in Slovenia, without the votes of the powerful EPP centre-right group.
Polish lawmakers overturn Senate veto of controversial media law
Polish lawmakers overturned on Friday a Senate veto of a controversial media bill seen as targeting a US-owned network that's often critical of the Polish government.
A factory showed the uglier face of Sino-Serbian partnership | View
Last month, the treatment of Vietnamese workers building Serbia's first Chinese tyre factory caused a scandal. The government must uphold the rule of law no matter how attractive the investment, writes Vuk Vuksanovic of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP).
Hungarian court avoids ruling on EU law primacy in migration case
The Hungarian Constitutional Court said it could not rule on whether EU law took precedence over Hungary's constitution.
European Court of Justice: EU law precludes Hungary's supreme court
National judges in EU member states cannot be banned from seeking guidance from the European Court of Justice, the ruling stated.
Poland's judicial appointments process against EU law, rules ECJ
The EU's top court has ruled that the Polish government's ability to send judges to higher courts and remove them casts doubts over judicial independence.
European court urges Poland to address lack of judicial independence
The court called on Warsaw to take "rapid action" to resolve the lack of independence in its National Council.
Poland summons Belgian ambassador in war of words over EU rule of law
The dispute centres on comments made by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, while responding to his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki.
EU Parliament sues Commission over failure to act on rule of law
The European Parliament wants the Commission to activate a new budgetary mechanism to freeze EU funds to countries suspected of breaching EU law.
A year on, Poland's abortion ruling is causing 'harm' to women
As the rule of law crisis between Warsaw and Brussels escalates, activists say the abortion ban imposed by a politicised court just a year ago offers a painful example of how the collapse of judicial independence affects peoples' lives.
'Slap in the face': EU leaders ask Poland to respect EU law primacy
"I do believe Poland has gone too far," said Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin ahead of a two-day European summit in Brussels.
EU summit: Polish legal row and energy prices to take centre stage
The meeting, which will probably be Chancellor Merkel's last council, will also include discussions on trade deals, digital transformation and migration.
Legal row could see Poland become a second-class member of EU | View
"The consequences of Warsaw assaulting the EU legal order could be far-reaching, potentially turning Poland into a second-class member of the bloc."
Will Poland's 'nuclear strike' on EU's legal order lead to 'Polexit'?
The ruling that Polish law has supremacy over the EU's sent shockwaves across Europe. But what will it mean for EU-Poland relations?
Polexit? Brussels fury as court rules Polish supremacy over EU law
The Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw ruled that Polish law has supremacy when it clashes with EU treaties and laws, in a major challenge to the bloc's founding principles.
Will the German elections affect the EU's rule of law battle?
Politicians in Central and Eastern Europe are apprehensive about the outcome of Germany's vote.
Poland's top court adjourns case again on whether EU law has primacy
The case is seen as critical to the country's future relationship with the rest of the bloc with the legal battle between Brussels and Warsaw stoking fears of a "Polexit".