Law and Justice (PiS) party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks to media after meeting with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (not pictured) at a hotel in Warsaw, Poland Feb. 5, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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A pan-European rights body accused Poland's conservative government Friday of undermining democracy by crippling its top court, a move that could put Warsaw on a collision course with the European Union.After sweeping to power last October, Poland's euroskeptic Law and Justice (PiS) party enacted a law increasing the number of judges at the constitutional court required to make rulings and changing the order in which cases are heard.A Polish government official said after the Venice Commission adopted its findings that Warsaw would respect its views but gave no details on what Poland would be willing to change in its top court reform, if anything.On Wednesday, the constitutional court ruled that the new rules affecting it were illegal.
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