Poland’s ruling party shows true colours

Poland’s newly installed right-wing governing party is showing off its confrontational style by trying to replace already appointed constitutional judges with its own appointees on Thursday (27 November) and by upping its rhetoric against Russia.

It will now be able to push for its own judges, who it hopes will clear the way for planned sweeping constitutional changes.

PiS plans to create new administrative regions, amend the constitution, and restructure the judiciary.

The move resembles Hungary prime minister Viktor Orban’s tactics, who amid international criticism curbed the rights of constitutional judges to cripple their ability to scrutinise legal changes.

Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski often praised Orban’s governing style, using his majority to rewrite Hungary’s constitution and override opponents.

Russia, the enemy

The newly elected Polish government also confirmed expectations it will be more confrontational with Moscow.

Poland’s new foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski on Wednesday called for scrapping the 1997 act on Nato-Russia relations to let the alliance install the bases, although the Polish foreign ministry insisted Thursday evening that Moscow had “misunderstood” Waszczykowski.

“The behaviour of Russia, blackmailing Central Europe, is a confrontation against the whole of Nato,” Waszczykowski said.

Poland already announced plans to increase its army by 50 percent, form 100,000 to 150,000 to “guarantee the integrity” of the nation’s borders.

The move reflects growing Polish security concerns, and a deep distrust directed at Moscow after Russia intervened in neighboring Ukraine and annexed part if its territory, Crimea.

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