Poland’s President Attempts to Defuse Political Crisis
It’s been a polarizing weekend. The parliamentary democracy descended into crisis Friday when ruling party PiS proposed serious curbs on the free press, including barring most journalists from Parliament and preventing the media from recording politicians breaking rules. Opposition MPs staged a weekend sit-in, while protesters took to the Warsaw streets to demonstrate against what they say would be a blatant violation of the constitution. Now President Andrzej Duda’s holding talks to resolve the crisis as Poland’s outgoing constitutional court president warns that the country is heading toward autocracy.