The European Union has taken a step closer towards imposing sanctions on Poland after finding its government amiss on the rule of law.
EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans said the EU Commission has adopted an opinion criticising Poland's conservative government for its actions relating to the Constitutional Tribunal which have paralysed the key court.
This means that EU leaders have found months of negotiations with Warsaw unsatisfactory and it brings the stand-off closer to sanctions for Warsaw.
In January, the commission opened a multi-step procedure checking whether Poland respects the rule of law.
It could potentially lead to stripping Poland of its EU voting rights.