Poland’s Senate Approves Law to Give Politicians Influe…

Saphora Smith and Associated Press and Reuters

LONDON — Poland’s Senate has approved a contentious law to give politicians substantial influence over the Supreme Court, in defiance of European Union criticism and large protests.

The bill proposed by the populist ruling party needs only the signature of President Andrzej Duda to become binding. Duda has so far followed the ruling party line.

Critics say the law would kill judicial independence and threaten the rule of law. The governing party says it’s needed to improve the court’s efficiency and break with communist-era judges and practices.

Image: Protesters in Warsaw

Protesters hold candles and shout slogans during a demonstration outside the Polish Parliament as Polish Senators decide on a new bill changing the judiciary system, Friday.