Poland’s post-communist hero warns against ‘undemocratic’ curbs on court
Nobel prize winner Lech Wałęsa calls for reversal of #law that reduces constitutional court’s checks on power, as ruling party draws concerns from EU
Lech Wałęsa, the leader of #Poland’s Solidarity movement in the 1980s, has warned democracy is at risk after the country’s rightwing governing party sought to curb the power of the constitutional court.
Wałęsa, who served as president for five years after the fall of communism, called for a referendum to reverse a law passed on Tuesday night by the Law and Justice party (PiS). That law would require the constitutional tribunal reach a two-thirds majority to issue rulings and block legislation, raising the bar from a simple majority. Thirteen of its 15 judges would have to be present for contentious cases, rather than nine as at present.