July 18
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The Supreme Court said that Poland could eventually leave the European Union because of the plans of the ruling nationalists, which will allow the dismissal of judges if they doubt the legality of judicial reform of the government, Reuters reported.

The court said the plans could contravene European law and exacerbate existing tensions between Brussels and Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS).

“Contradictions between Polish law and EU law... will in all likelihood lead to an intervention by the EU institutions regarding an infringement of the EU treaties, and in the longer perspective (will lead to) the need to leave the European Union,” Poland’s Supreme Court said in a statement.

EU accuses PiS of politicizing the judiciary. PiS argues that its reforms are necessary to increase the effectiveness of the judiciary.

The Supreme Court statement also said the proposed bill was “evidently” designed to allow President Andrzej Duda, an ally of PiS, to pick a new head of the court before a presidential election expected in May.

The current head of the Supreme Court of Malgorzat Gersdorf is due to resign in April. She was appointed before PiS came to power and openly criticized party reform.

The actions of Hungary and Poland to establish stricter state control over the courts and the media prompted the European Commission to launch an investigation, which could theoretically lead to the suspension of their voting rights in the EU.

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