File - This photo taken on December 14, 2015 shows Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski attending an EU foreign affairs council at the European Council, in Brussels. AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND
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German Commissioner Guenther Oettinger will urge the European Union to start a process against Poland for threatening its common values with a proposed law on control of state-run media, he told a newspaper Sunday.The Polish parliament passed an amendment to the media law, put forward by the ruling conservative-nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS), in December that gives a minister authority to appoint managers of state-run radio and television stations. The mechanism was adopted by the EU in 2014 and means it can issue an early warning and enter dialogue with any member state the Commission sees as a threat to the rule of law.The Commission has expressed concern over the media law and is seeking an explanation from Poland of how it would take EU rules on media freedoms into consideration.
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