Why the AstraZeneca vaccine row matters for the rule of law; Commission moves to protect Polish Judges

Why the AstraZeneca vaccine row matters for the rule of law; Commission moves to protect Polish Judges

It turns out Covid-19 affects newshounds too, but we’re back, and what a crazy few weeks it’s been, from a plot to use a mob to overturn the results of the American Presidential election increasing tensions over vaccines.

The row between the Commission and AstraZeneca has a rule of law dimension of course. Either the company signed contracts it couldn’t meet if it ran into production problems, without telling the EU the UK had first-come-first-served priority, or the Commission is bullying the company to hide the fact it messed up. Or perhaps worse, the contract was ambiguously drafted. That’s why the law should be clear, so it resolves instead of creating, disputes.

But qualified good news regarding Poland. The Commission begins the process of blocking Poland’s Disciplinary Chamber.

A good start, but interim measures would be better, because as Katarszyna Szczypska writes in a joint letter to Commissioner Reynders for Verfassungsblog, Polish judges are under attack.

For Hungarian speakers, Julia Ivan writes about the rise and fall of the Hungarian Transit Zone

And Petra Bard, Barbara Grabowska-Moroz and Viktor Zoltán Kazai explain how the EU can improve its Rule of Law enforcement.

And if you’ve time Check out Daniel Ziblatt’s Washington Post series arguing that mainstream right-wing parties created the space for today’s radical anti-democratic right

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