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Poland Threatened with EU Vote Suspension

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Many Poles protested the move by Warsaw against the judiciary. Picture source: Reuters

A leading German parliamentarian has called for the suspension of Poland’s voting rights in the European Union, as the nationalist government in Warsaw moves to pass legislation that critics say would jeopardize judicial independence.

Gunther Krichbaum, chair of the Bundestag’s European affairs committee, described the political situation in Poland as “dramatic” and said the European Union’s sixth-most populous member state would not even meet the basic requirements to join the bloc.

“It’s not acceptable that a country that no longer fulfills the legal standards for joining the European Union can continue to vote on EU issues,” Mr. Krichbaum, a member of the Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats, told Reuters news agency.

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