Protesters gather outside Poland’s Supreme Court in January, demonstrating against the government’s efforts to curtail the judiciary’s independence. The European Commission is investigating Poland and Hungary for violating standards of democracy and rule of law.

Participants in a protest against Poland’s government’s efforts to control the court system in front of the Supreme Court where the vice president of the European Commission Vera Jourova was meeting the head of the court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, to discuss the situation of the judges, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)