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Is there a way out of the Polish pickle? EPIN Commentary No. 31/22 January 2016

Lazowski, Adam (2016) Is there a way out of the Polish pickle? EPIN Commentary No. 31/22 January 2016. [Policy Paper]

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    Poland is making headline news again. This time, however, not in a role of Central European Wunderkind surfing the economic crisis, but for reasons to be less proud of. Ever since the Prawo and Sprawiedliwość (PiS, a member of European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament) government took power after the elections in November, Poland has experienced political turmoil and is now facing accusations that the rule of law is in danger. This constitutes a major challenge for the European Union and for its other member states, which are looking for ways to deal with a recalcitrant state that makes a rapid U-turn on democratic fundamentals and takes any criticism hysterically. This is not the first time that the organisation has had to deal with such a case, yet solutions have not yet been found. Hungary is a case in point. And now Polish leaders too seem convinced about the virtues of the concept of illiberal democracy. Which prescription should the EU use to buck the trend and what are the potential side-effects?

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Poland
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
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    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > EPIN Commentaries
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 09:49
    Number of Pages: 3
    Last Modified: 27 Jan 2016 09:49

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