Kaczyński’s Threat to Europe
As in the case of Brexit, Poland’s domestic political turmoil reveals how intertwined the EU’s member states have become. If democracy and the rule of law are overthrown in one, serious repercussions for all the others cannot be avoided.
ROME – Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has vetoed two of three bills that would have given Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the far-right Law and Justice Party (PiS), total control of the country’s judiciary. But, despite Duda’s veto, the threat to democracy and the rule of law posed by Kaczyński, who holds no formal role in the PiS government, is far from over in Poland, and it jeopardizes the very functioning of the European Union.
The threat that Kaczyński poses is as serious for the EU as Greece’s debt problems were for the operation of the eurozone in recent years. Unless Europe develops an adequate strategy to deal with Kaczyński, his challenge will become equally existential for the wider EU.