European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans speaks during a press conference about a rule-of-law opinion addressed to Poland, at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on June 1, 2016. / AFP / JOHN THYS
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The European Union Wednesday formally warned Poland's rightwing government that it must roll back its overhaul of the top Polish court, which critics warn endangers its independence.However, Poland's regional ally Hungary is likely to torpedo any possible sanctions, which would require the unanimous approval of all 28 EU members.Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party plunged the country into a political crisis in December, just weeks after winning power, when it pushed through legislation that has paralyzed the constitutional court by modifying its decision-making rules.
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