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On the eve of an official visit to Poland by the British Prime Minister to discuss defence, the European Union decided to try and spoil the party by threatening Poland for stepping out of line. 

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So while Theresa May looks to consolidate interests and discuss a mutual defence pact with Poland, the EU has decided to try and ruin the meeting by acting like some jealous lover in an international 'Ménage à trois'.

As Britain and the EU have been busy talking 'Divorce' and burying themselves with Brexit red-tape, Poland has been testing the boundaries of it's relationship with the EU who now say Poland is "undermining democracy, human rights and the rule of law".

 

EU takes the 'nuclear option' against Poland on eve of British visit

From The Independant:  

The European Commission has taken the "nuclear option" against Poland over democratic back-sliding, announcing Article 7 proceedings against the eastern EU state for undermining democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

The unprecedented step creates a massive diplomatic headache for British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is due to land in Poland today with the chancellor and foreign secretary for an annual UK-Poland summit designed to boost relations with Poland after Brexit.

 

The decision to trigger Article 7 - an official disciplinary process that could lead to Poland being stripped of its voting rights in the European Council - highlights the growing division between eastern and western Europe over democratic values and migration.

 

 

The action against Poland's hardline conservative ruling Law and Justice party, which was elected in 2015, has raised awkward questions for Mrs May about her decision to launch a major diplomatic charm offensive with Warsaw, including sending the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Poland for an official visit last summer.

The Polish foreign ministry has already indicated that it expects Britain to back Poland if it comes to a vote. Hungary has already said it will veto any attempt to sanction Poland, but senior UK diplomats said that the symbolic vote will force the UK to make "extremely uncomfortable" decisions.

In a statement, the EU said: "The Commission has today concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland. Judicial reforms in Poland mean that the country's judiciary is now under the political control of the ruling majority. In the absence of judicial independence, serious questions are raised about the effective application of EU law."