Is European Judicial Cooperation More Than Pulp Fiction?

Poland’s Uncertain Future in the EU

10 March 2021

The courts of other European Member States are beginning to refuse European Arrest Warrants issued by Poland. The country’s judiciary ‘reforms’ have led to courts’ subordination, an action that may eventually put Poland’s EU membership in doubt.

Before getting to judicial cooperation and Poland, let us say it is 2018. There is no pandemic within sight, and it feels like European business as usual. Now imagine Quentin Tarantino’s Pumpkin and Honey-Bunny, Spanish citizens successfully robbing a diner in Madrid.

The next bloody stop is Barcelona. Then one more robbery in Milan, Italy. Europe without frontiers. Then they get into a car, travelling through the continent. No borders, no control, no risk but fun. A nice and cosy hotel in Salzburg, two days in Budapest then. Slovakia is the next destination.

“All right, everybody be cool. This is a robbery.”

The Slovak police have already received a tip that in one of the charming pensions, in the industrial area of Ruzomberok, however with a mountain view, there are criminals in hiding. The anti-terrorist brigade quickly apprehends the robbers. A Slovak court arrests them for three months. After one month, the Spanish justice system claims its rude citizens. A European Arrest Warrant (EAW) was sent to Slovakia.

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Jarosław Gwizdak

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Former judge and Court President in Katowice. He currently works as a teacher, columnist and activist. He was the first person awarded the „Civic Judge of the Year” prize.

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