Polish prime minister pushes back on EU concerns over rule of law

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo declared Friday that the country "would not allow others to impose their will" on her country amid pressure from the European Commission over Warsaw's judicial reforms.

"It's not Poland that has a problem with its reputation, it's the European Commission," the national-conservative politician said in a speech to the parliament Friday that elicited applause.

The commission has warned that it will issue a formal set of objections next week if substantial progress on several of its concerns about the conservative government's measures go unaddressed.

Poland's government, which took office in November, has come under criticism for laws that are designed to strengthen its grip on the constitutional court, as well as media reforms giving Warsaw a greater say over senior appointments to the public broadcasters.

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