What was behind Polish president’s veto of judicial reform Bill?

Like Mikhail Gorbachev, Poland’s electrician revolutionary Lech Walesa enjoys far greater popularity abroad than at home.

Walesa’s super-sized ego and knack for rubbing people the wrong way has left democratic Poland’s first president as much of a liability as an asset to any political campaign.

So it said much about the grave situation in Poland that Walesa was given a warm welcome by tens of thousands of Warsovians who spent their weekend as they had spent the previous days: protesting on the streets against judicial reforms they see as a naked power grab.

Since taking power in late 2015, the national conservative party Law and Justice has neutralised independent and critical institutions in Polish life, while keeping in with voters thanks to welfare boosts for pensioners and families.

There have been occasional missteps: efforts to restrict further Poland’s already tight abortion laws were quietly dropped after the party underestimated the fury of millions of women protesters waving wire hangers.

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