Europe

Poland angry at criticism from US senators over rule of law

Polish leaders say there is no truth to a suggestion by three U.S. Senators that democracy in Poland is being undermined by new legislation on the judiciary and public media.

The bipartisan group of senators, John McCain, Benjamin Cardin and Richard Durbin, sent a letter last week to Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo expressing their concern that the new laws "could serve to diminish democratic norms" and urging them to "recommit" to shared Western democratic values.

Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski lashed out Monday against the suggestion that anything is amiss in Poland and said the letter is the "result of a lack of knowledge about what is happening in Poland and was inspired by people who wish Poland harm."

The U.S. criticism follows similar criticism from European leaders.