Poland's Overhaul Of Its Courts Leads To Confrontation With European Union

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WARSAW — Growing up under Soviet rule, Malgorzata Gersdorf says she yearned for a day when Poland would have freedom and justice. As a young lawyer, she took part in the Solidarity labor movement that sparked the transformation from communism to democracy in her country. After Poland's first democratic elections in 1989, she helped build her country's court system, and for the past six years, she's overseen the judiciary as First President of Poland's Supreme Court. "But I never expected this," she says of the current ruling party's overhaul of Poland's judiciary. "It had been our dream to be a free European country ... we thought no one would take away our freedom." The 67-year-old says building Poland's democracy took decades of work, and in a matter...

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Poland's Overhaul Of Its Courts Leads To Confrontation With European Union

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