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EU orders Poland to pay €1 million a day in fines over judiciary dispute

THE EU Court of Justice has ordered Poland to pay €1 million (£850,000) a day in fines for its failure to implement a ruling outlawing its judicial reforms.

The European Commission asked the court to apply “financial penalties” following a high-profile clash between its president Ursula von der Leyen and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Strasbourg last week.

The court says Poland has not acted to abolish a new Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, which gives the government the ability to discipline judges.

The EU says the chamber undermines judicial independence.

It is unclear whether Warsaw will agree to pay the fines. Its own constitutional court has ruled that Polish law takes precedence over that of the EU. 

• The leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski presented “radical” plans on Tuesday to double the size of the Polish military to at least 250,000 soldiers. It will also invest in new US military hardware to deter “Russia’s imperial ambitions,” he said.

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