The problem with ‘illiberal democracy’

  • 2016-01-27
  • Jan Werner-Muller
PRINCETON - Poland’s turn toward authoritarian rule has set off alarm bells across the European Union and within NATO. Since coming to power in October, Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice party (PiS) has attacked the country’s Constitutional Court, politicized the judiciary and the civil service, and launched an assault on media pluralism. Critics of the PiS government, which is led by Prime Minister Beata Szydlo (with Kaczynski, ruling from behind the scenes as he holds no official post), have described its actions as a blitz to install “illiberal democra...
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