Politico – Zosia Wanat / Court ruling puts Poland on a collision course with the EU’s legal order
- Warsaw’s long-running confrontation with Brussels escalated dramatically on Thursday when Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the country’s constitution takes precedence over some EU laws.
- “The effort by the Court of Justice of the European Union to interfere in the Polish justice system violates the principle of rule of law, the principle of the primacy of the Polish constitution as well as the principle of retaining sovereignty in the process of European integration,” the tribunal ruled.
- The European Commission reacted swiftly, warning that the ruling raised “serious concerns.”
- “The Commission will not hesitate to make use of its powers under the [EU] Treaties to safeguard the uniform application and integrity of Union law,” it said in a statement.
- Euractiv – Georgi Gotev / Poland’s PiS party is pushing the country towards EU exit, EPP warns
The Guardian – Julian Borger and Helen Davidson / Secret group of US military trainers has been in Taiwan for at least a year
- The US has been secretly maintaining a small contingent of military trainers in Taiwan for at least a year, according to a new report, the latest sign of the rising stakes in US-China rivalry.
- About two dozen US special forces soldiers and an unspecified number of marines are now training Taiwanese forces.
- The trainers were first sent to Taiwan by the Trump administration but their presence had not been reported until now.
- The report came as President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday that Taiwan will “do whatever it takes to defend its freedom and democratic way of life”.
- BBC / South China Sea: US submarine collides with ‘unknown object’
The Washington Post – Tony Romm / Senate passes bill to raise debt ceiling into early December
- The Senate late Thursday adopted a short-term measure to raise the country’s debt ceiling into early December, a move that could pull the federal government back from the fiscal brink even though it risked reigniting the high-stakes battle at the end of the year.
- Lawmakers adopted the proposal strictly along party lines, with Democrats voting to lift the country’s borrowing cap by $480 billion and Republicans maintaining their steadfast opposition to it.
- The divide persisted even amid repeated warnings from President Biden this week that inaction threatened to plunge the country into a new recession.
- The resolution would end a tense few weeks of partisan warfare, during which Democrats tried repeatedly to suspend the country’s debt ceiling into 2022 — only to falter at the hands of GOP objections.
- Reuters – Sarah N. Lynch / US Senate Democrats give new details on Trump’s bid to overturn election
Financial Times – Edward White and Hudson Lockett / China orders coal miners to boost output to counter energy crunch
- China has ordered coal miners to boost production urgently as the energy crisis threatens factories across the world’s second-biggest economy and forces Xi Jinping’s administration to backtrack on climate change promises.
- Energy officials in Inner Mongolia, one of China’s largest coal producing regions, instructed 72 local miners to expand capacity by 100m tonnes, according to a report by Securities Times, a state-controlled national financial newspaper.
- The latest effort by Chinese authorities to combat acute power shortages comes after high-tech manufacturing factories were forced to halt or reduce operations.
- Power cuts affected homes in parts of north-east China and there were warnings that critical industries such as food production could also be hit.
- Euractiv – Frédéric Simon / Leak: the EU’s toolbox against soaring energy prices
This weekend’s further reading:
- Financial Times – Emma Agyemang et al. / OECD to final global compact on corporate tax
- Foreign Affairs – Peter Martin / Why China is alienating the world
- Bloomberg – Todd Gillespie and Ewa Krukowska / Europe faces cruel winter as power crisis threatens to swamp aid
- The Economist – Luca d’Urbino / Facebook is nearing a reputational point of no return