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The battle for the rule of law in Poland will have consequences across Europe 

The outcome could shape the nature and even existence of the European project

By Christian Davies  

Warsaw: Above the main entrance of the Supreme Court hangs a banner with the inscription "Konsytucja" Constitution. Photo: Natalie Skrzypczak/DPA/PA Images

A diminutive, determined-looking judge in her mid-60s, Polish Supreme Court President Małgorzata Gersdorf is one of the faces of judicial resistance to Poland’s ruling right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS). The outcome of the resistance, which is still ongoing, will have profound consequences for the rest of Europe.

Using a series of breathtakingly brazen manoeuvres, PiS has already taken control of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal and the National Council of the…

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