Warsaw and Brussels wage no-win battle over rule of law

Despite tough talk, each side knows it needs the other.

There’s a dirty not-so-secret truth about the EU’s fight with Poland over the rule of law that almost no one in the EU institutions wants to admit aloud: It’s unwinnable.

  • David M. Herszenhorn, Lili Bayer and Maïa de La Baume
  • Politico

And perhaps the only thing that makes that bearable, especially for European Commission officials dealing with the issue, is a parallel truth: Poland can’t win either.

The legal remedies available to the Commission, including a new, yet-to-be-triggered enforcement mechanism that could restrict the disbursal of EU budget funds, are insufficient — limited, time-consuming, cumbersome…

But the political…

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