On 20 December, the European Commission activated what in European Union circles has long been known as “the nuclear option.” The commission, the official “guardian of the European treaties,” charged that the Polish government’s so-called reforms of the judiciary posed a serious threat to basic European values, in particular the rule of law, and proposed to the Council to adopt a decision under Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union – an unprecedented move thus far. The European Council, the group of EU member state governments, will now have to take a vote on whether it shares this assessment. Ultimately, if Warsaw does not amend the laws that effectively end the courts’ independence, Poland might have its rights to vote on collective EU decisions suspended. Read more here.
Source: Foreign Policy