Policemen carry a protester away from a demonstration in front of the Sejm building in Warsaw, Poland, on July 20, 2017. The people were protesting against changes in the judicial law and the Supreme Court, which were passed by the Law and Justice's majority in Sejm, in a move slammed as undermining an independent judiciary in the country. Photo: EPA Policemen carry a protester away from a demonstration in front of the Sejm building in Warsaw, Poland, on July 20, 2017. The people were protesting against changes in the judicial law and the Supreme Court, which were passed by the Law and Justice's majority in Sejm, in a move slammed as undermining an independent judiciary in the country. Photo: EPA
Policemen carry a protester away from a demonstration in front of the Sejm building in Warsaw, Poland, on July 20, 2017. The people were protesting against changes in the judicial law and the Supreme Court, which were passed by the Law and Justice's majority in Sejm, in a move slammed as undermining an independent judiciary in the country. Photo: EPA

Polish lawmakers defy EU in approving law placing judges under direct government control

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Policemen carry a protester away from a demonstration in front of the Sejm building in Warsaw, Poland, on July 20, 2017. The people were protesting against changes in the judicial law and the Supreme Court, which were passed by the Law and Justice's majority in Sejm, in a move slammed as undermining an independent judiciary in the country. Photo: EPA Policemen carry a protester away from a demonstration in front of the Sejm building in Warsaw, Poland, on July 20, 2017. The people were protesting against changes in the judicial law and the Supreme Court, which were passed by the Law and Justice's majority in Sejm, in a move slammed as undermining an independent judiciary in the country. Photo: EPA
Policemen carry a protester away from a demonstration in front of the Sejm building in Warsaw, Poland, on July 20, 2017. The people were protesting against changes in the judicial law and the Supreme Court, which were passed by the Law and Justice's majority in Sejm, in a move slammed as undermining an independent judiciary in the country. Photo: EPA
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