EU’s von der Leyen not backing down over Poland row

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defended on Tuesday her approval of Poland’s spending plans for billions of euros in Covid-19 relief funds despite outstanding judicial reforms. “I know that some of you are sceptical but let me assure you that no money will be disbursed until these reforms are undertaken,” von der Leyen said in front of frustrated EU legislators at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “The reforms the commission asked for will not bring the Polish judiciary back in line with the rule of law,” said Katarina Barley, a German Social Democrat and EU lawmaker, r…

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