The showdown between the Polish government and the country’s Constitutional Tribunal escalated on Wednesday (9 March) as prime minister Beata Szydlo refused to recognise a ruling that invalidated a law on the tribunal itself. Judges struck down an amendment to the constitution passed in December that modified the tribunal’s composition and functioning.
Under the amendment, the tribunal would need a two-thirds majority to take a decision instead of a simple majority. The quorum of judges needed in the 15-member tribunal for a decision to be valid was raised from nine to 13. It also set a six-month period before the tribunal can examine a case, instead of two weeks… Read more : EUObserver, 10.03.2016