Poland: why are the authorities defying the European Union on the question of law?

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Protesters wave EU and Polish flags in support of Poland's accession to the European Union during a demonstration in Warsaw on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.

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By: Clémentine Pawlotsky

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The standoff between the Polish authorities and the European Union continues.

Poland yesterday attacked, alongside Hungary, an EU mechanism that plans to deprive the two countries of European funds, due to repeated attacks on the principles of the rule of law.

This Warsaw offensive comes at a time when relations with Brussels are particularly strained.

On Thursday, October 7, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that Polish law took precedence over European law.


For the highest court in the country, certain articles of the EU treaty are quite simply "incompatible" with the Polish Constitution.

This decision, which raises the specter of a "Polexit", made EU leaders jump.

It also sparked a wave of pro-European protests in Poland.

Why is the Polish government challenging the European Union on the question of law?

Decryption with:

Julia Laureau,

doctoral student in the anthropology of contemporary Europe chair at the Catholic University of Louvain, former vice-president of young Europeans at Sciences Po.


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