EU to end sanctions procedure against Poland

Brussels says it will drop rule-of-law case after new government vowed to restore judicial independence

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The European Commission has said it will end an EU sanctions procedure against Poland after a promise from Donald Tusk’s new government to restore the independence of the judiciary.

In an announcement on Monday, the EU executive said it no longer saw “a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland” and planned to withdraw the article 7 sanctions procedure that could in theory have led to Warsaw being stripped of EU voting rights.