<p>GDANSK, POLAND - FEBRUARY 28: A man clutches a European Union flag among people holding portraits of former Polish President Lech Walesa, leader of the Soldarity movement that toppled communist rule in Poland, during a pro-democracy rally near the former Gdansk shipyards, birthplace of Solidarity, on February 28, 2016 in Gdansk, Poland.(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)</p>
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A senior European Union official says the bloc has found that Poland's government is amiss on the rule of law and has taken a step toward sanctions.
EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans said Wednesday that the EU Commission has adopted an opinion criticizing Poland's conservative government for its actions relating to the Constitutional Tribunal which have paralyzed the key court. This means that EU leaders have found months of negotiations with Warsaw unsatisfactory and it brings the standoff closer to sanctions for Warsaw.
In January, the commission opened a multi-step procedure checking whether Poland respects the rule of law. It could potentially lead to stripping Poland of its EU voting rights.
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