17:47 May. 18, 2016
Poland's constitutional crisis
President of Poland Andrzej Duda responded to the May 18 statement of the European Commission urging Poland to find a quick solution to the conflict concerning the Constitutional Court: "The crisis should be solved where it has started. It should be solved on the basis of political arrangements and legislative solutions."
Andrzej Duda is in Italy, attending ceremonies marking the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino during WWII.
The European Commission stated on earlier May 18 that: "The dialogue between the Commission and the Polish authorities under the Rule of Law Framework is continuing. If there is no significant progress by 23 May, then the First Vice-President has been empowered by the College of Commissioners to adopt the draft Rule of Law Opinion. If the concerns have not been satisfactorily resolved within a reasonable time, the Commission may issue a recommendation."
The E.U. has heaped pressure on Poland's eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party for reigning in freedoms of the media and the judiciary in recent months. Duda's Eurosceptic Law and Justice Party has been criticized by the E.U., U.S. and rights groups since it swept to power in October last year.