Op-ed: Poland at Crossroads – The Constitutional Tragedy Continues…Part I
By 8 January 2016
Poland Constitutional Tribunal (photo credit: PAP)
<p><strong>Right before Christmas the governing right-wing party Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS – which paradoxically translates “Law and Justice”) wrote another chapter in the tragic Polish saga on the disempowerment of the Constitutional Tribunal and the devaluation of the holy grail of modern democracies – the principle of separation of powers – by adopting another amendment statute to the rules governing the Tribunal (<a href="http://isap.sejm.gov.pl/DetailsServlet?id=WDU20150002217">Dz.U. 2015 poz. 2217</a>). The current developments are highly dangerous and alarming from the perspective of constitutional law. The Polish constitution faces an existential challenge.
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