The European Union is threatening to suspend the state's voting rights if it pursues legislation to restrict its judiciary.
A growing street movement is fighting back as the new government clamps down on all kinds of freedoms.
The EU is investigating concerns that the national government is breaching shared values as it pushes through constitutional reforms.
With hardliners taking charge of the government and presidency in Warsaw, the migrant rhetoric is looking worrying. But how much will change in practice?