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Viktor Orbán backs Poland in EU law spat


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has given his backing to a Polish court ruling, endorsed by the government in Warsaw, that deemed aspects of EU law incompatible with Poland’s constitution.

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal said on Thursday that the country’s constitution takes precedence over some EU laws in a ruling the European Commission said “raised serious concerns,” especially because it was swiftly endorsed by the country’s government.

The EU executive has warned it “will not hesitate to make use of its powers under the [EU] Treaties to safeguard the uniform application and integrity of Union law” in response to the ruling.

On Saturday, Hungary backed the ruling in a display of solidarity with Poland.

“The primacy of EU law can only apply in those areas where the EU has powers, the framework for this had been set out in the EU’s treaties,” Orbán said, according to Reuters, calling on European Union institutions “to respect member states’ sovereignty.”

The ruling is the latest salvo in the EU’s battle with Poland and Hungary — which share right-wing populist governments and often support each other in stand-offs with Brussels — over rule of law issues.




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