Poland’s Senate Passes Reforms in Defiance of EU, Left Wing Protests

Poland’s Senate on Saturday approved long-promised reforms to the country’s judicial system which have been fiercely opposed by Brussels and left wing protesters. To become law, the populist ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party’s draft bill for reforms  — which would give parliament greater power to dismiss activist judges, and add a responsibility to consider the nation’s Christian values when passing judgements  —  now only has to be signed by the president, Andrzej Duda. The government contends that the measures are necessary to reform a Communist-era model which still harbours many judges from that time, and polls show that a majority of Poles believe the country needs judicial reform. On Thursday, as Poland’s lower legislative house voted through the reforms, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in cities across Poland  —many wielding European Union (EU) flags  — chanting, blocking roads, and in one case even attacked a member of parliament. The Polish government was elected with a significant mandate to push through the reforms https://t.co/sFjpR0JXXD — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 21, 2017 In 2015, PiS won the first parliamentary majority in modern Polish political history, and Polish parliamentary Commission on Justice and Human Rights chief Stanisław Piotrowicz told Polish