EU wants more talks with Poland on rule of law worries

AP News
Posted: May 16, 2017 9:22 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has called for more talks with Poland to address persistent concerns about the rule of law in one of the bloc's biggest nations.

The 28 European affairs ministers told EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans to increase efforts to get Warsaw in line on what many see as weakening democratic standards in Poland.

Timmermans shied away from taking punitive action — which could go as far as denying the country EU voting rights — saying "dialogue is the only really constructive way we can solve this problem."

The EU is concerned about steps taken by Poland's ruling party that have weakened the Constitutional Tribunal's ability to act as a check on executive power.