Alexandre Guerra, 25.07.17
"It's still not clear what Polish President Andrzej Duda, seen until now as a dependable ally of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, is up to by vetoing key parts of a judicial reform seen by critics as anti-democratic. Duda may simply be currying favour with voters he will need to win a new term in office, or this could be a genuine act of defiance to PiS leader, the social conservative and nationalist Jaroslaw Kaczynski. This has all sparked speculation of a rift in PiS ranks, and even of an early election. For now, Kaczynski has not reacted to Duda's intervention and Duda has not said when he will make proposals of his own. The European Union is also reserving judgment until it sees the dynamics more clearly; some are saying this could be one of the most decisive moments in Polish politics since the overthrow of communism in 1989."