Demonstrations throughout Poland have influenced Polish President Andrzej Duda to veto the controversial law reforming the country’s court system. The European Commission also threatened to impose sanctions if the reforms were not scrapped. Duda did, however, sign one of three reforms which will allow the justice minister the right to name the heads of Poland’s lower courts.
The veto was seen as a victory for the protesters who strongly apposed the other two reforms which would’ve seen all Supreme Court judges step down and allow the ruling Justice and Law party to fill those vacancies.
The EU can not allow one of its members to deviate from the path of Democracy and must impose voting restrictions or sanctions if the Polish parliament undo the president’s veto.