Marek Tatała: EU trade war: Single market split feared as Poland 'marginalised' amid rule of law clash, Express.co.uk | 2021-01-31more
EU analyst Marek Tatala spoke of his fear that the ongoing row between Brussels and Warsaw over the latter's violations of European Union's rule of law requirements could escalate into a wider trade war. Poland is being "marginalised" according to Mr Tatala, with many of the larger members states such as France putting up barriers to the single market in order to protect their own economies. With the Polish government frozen out of the key decision on the future of the market, the expert fears the Polish economy will be harmed.
Eliza Rutynowska: Abortion law protests in Poland put civil liberties in the spotlight, NBC News | 2021-01-30more
Lawyer Eliza Rutynowska told NBC News on Friday that some protesters had been detained in police stations as far as 25 miles outside of the city. Many of her clients, for whom she was acting on a pro-bono basis, had told her they were angry "at how disregarded human rights are in Poland today," she said.
Leszek Balcerowicz: The most important thing is the political chance to implement a good economic program, CASE Belarus | 2021-01-14more
CASE Belarus and the Center for New Ideas (Belarus) with the support of CASE (Poland), MESA10 (Slovakia), Kyiv School of Economics (Ukraine), Cato Institute (USA), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Germany) and Atlas Network continue a series of webinars “Belarusian Economic Prospects. Conversations with Experienced Reformers” in the form of interviews of Belarusian economists with prominent reformers from post-socialist countries who share their experiences.
The crisis in the rule of law that Poland has witnessed since 2015 must be contained as soon as possible. Any proposal to restore the rule of law must follow certain principles such as legality, proportionality and respect for fundamental rights. It is also important to gather public support around such a plan, and make sure that it does not simply assume a return to status quo ante.
Rule of law in Poland 2020: The rule of law crisis in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic | 2020-12-16
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to serious health and economic emergencies all over the world. Moreover, it has also affected democratic institutions and the rule of law. On the one hand, the pandemic has been exploited by local strongmen and authoritarians in many places to consolidate their power and justify human rights’ violations. On the other, it has been a test for the resilience of democracy, and there are even some hopes for an upcoming democratic recovery.
In the international freedom and democracy indexes, Poland is falling in solidarity with Hungary | 2020-12-10
"Fortunately, at the moment no one is seriously thinking about Polexit in Poland and our membership has strong public support," Aleksander Laszek, chief economist at the Civil Development Forum, a think tank in Warsaw, told DW.
At present in Poland there are still 360 regulated professions (with the EU median of 186). Among the EU countries there are more only in Hungary and the Czech Republic. Although access to some professions is easier after the deregulation carried out a few years ago, many of the planned changes were abandoned in the course of legislative work, so that the final form of facilitation in access to the professions turned out to be much less than announced.
Marek Tatała: Poland needs more rule of law and fewer conflicts with Brussels, Emerging Europe | 2020-11-30
On October 26, the European Parliament adopted a resolution criticising the Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s decision to ban over 95 per cent of legal abortions in Poland. Indeed, out of 1,110 pregnancy terminations in 2019, 1,074 were carried out on the grounds of severe and irreversible foetal defects. This option will now be closed in Poland, which has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the European Union. On the same day the resolution was adopted, the prime ministers of Poland and Hungary met in Budapest to confirm that both governments would veto the EU 2021-27 financial framework and Covid-19 recovery fund.