Poland’s Supreme Court has warned the country may have to leave the EU. The warning came in response to a series of judicial reforms allowing judges to be censured based on the content of their verdicts, or whether they refer cases to the European Court of Justice for preliminary rulings. A new law even opens the possibility of punishing judges who publicly criticise the reforms. The government argues the justice system is regarded by many ordinary Poles as inefficient, and that it needs to be more democratically accountable.
The overwhelming majority of Poles want their country to stay in the EU. Surveys regularly find support for EU membership in Poland to be upwards of 90%, despite the frequent legal clashes between Warsaw and Brussels.
What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in by Terezia, who believes that Poland is violating fundamental European democratic principles and should therefore leave the EU.
To get a reaction, we put Terezia’s comment to the Polish Foreign Minister, Jacek Czaputowicz. What would he say to her comment?
For another perspective, we also put Terezia’s comment to former German Justice Minister Katarina Barley, who was elected as an MEP in 2019 and is now a Vice-President of the European Parliament. What is her view?
Does Poland want to leave the EU? Could the political dispute between Brussels and Warsaw escalate to the point of “Polexit”? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!