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EU risks taking sides in Polish dispute, says deputy foreign minister of Poland

The European Commission has launched an unprecedented procedure to review Poland's rule of law. The move has been questioned by officials, with some saying it places the EU at-risk of taking sides in an internal dispute.

On Wednesday, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans - a former Dutch foreign minister - announced the move, marking the first time the EU has used the mechanism.

Timmermans said that the move was aimed at entering "into a dialogue with the Polish authorities, to clarify the facts in an objective way and help find solutions if necessary."

He added that the procedure is focused on seeking answers regarding the new right-wing Polish government's actions not to apply two judgments by the country's constitutional court, and the reasons behind the president and vice-president's terms were shortened.

Note EU-Digest:  This has nothing to do with the EU taking sides but all about Poland's new Right-Wing Government not playing by the common rules of the EU and the universal judicial and constitutional rules of law. 

Compliments to Mr. Timmermans, EU Vice-President of the Commission for having put this process in action.  

Read more: EU risks taking sides in Polish dispute, says deputy foreign minister | News | DW.COM | 13.01.2016

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