A Surprise Victory for Democracy in Poland

The George W. Bush Institute

This is what a constitutional separation of power looks like: Poland’s President Andrzej Duda surprised observers across Europe by vetoing two bills that had been rushed through parliament and would have given his own populist government sweeping powers over the nation’s courts.  It comes as a surprise because President Duda hails from the same political party, right-wing Law and Justice Party, which controls both houses of the legislature.  

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