Foreign Affairs

Hungary Backs Poland Amid Bitter EU Controversy Over Polish Judiciary Reform

The European Commission has launched a “witch-hunt” against several central European countries that speak about European challenges openly and honestly as well offering effective answers accordingly, Hungarian Foreign Minister said.

In a statement, Péter Szijjártó referred to a demand by Brussels for Poland to suspend its reform of the judiciary, saying that the European Commission was interfering in the domestic affairs of Hungary and Poland as part of a witch-hunt. Szijjártó said the Commission’s job was to make sure that treaties are observed according to European law rather than to “act as a political body” and “make politically based declarations”. Péter Szijjártó said:

Hungary stood in friendship and solidarity with Poland

Critics of the bill passed by the lower house of Poland’s Parliament on Thursday say the law will erode the independence of judges and undermine democracy. The European Commission even threatened Warsaw to launch a sanction procedure against Poland, while thousands of government opponents protested in Warsaw against the reform. Meanwhile, President Andrzej Duda seeks a compromise, suggesting that the new judges should be chosen by a three-fifths majority in Parliament.

via MTI