Viktor Orbán backs Poland in EU law spat


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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has given his backing to a Polish courtroom ruling, endorsed by the federal government in Warsaw, that deemed points of EU regulation incompatible with Poland’s constitution.

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal stated on Thursday that the nation’s constitution takes precedence over some EU legal guidelines in a ruling the European Commission stated “raised critical considerations,” especially as a result of it was swiftly endorsed by the nation’s authorities.

The EU government has warned it “won't hesitate to utilize its powers beneath the [EU] Treaties to safeguard the uniform software and integrity of Union regulation” in response to the ruling.

On Saturday, Hungary backed the ruling in a show of solidarity with Poland.

“The primacy of EU regulation can solely apply in those areas the place the EU has powers, the framework for this had been set out in the EU’s treaties,” Orbán stated, according to Reuters, calling on European Union establishments “to respect member states’ sovereignty.”

The ruling is the newest salvo within the EU’s battle with Poland and Hungary — which share right-wing populist governments and sometimes help each other in stand-offs with Brussels — over rule of regulation points.