PM warns of efforts to erase borders between executive and judicial power in Europe

Efforts are being made in Europe to erase borders between executive and judicial power and that represents a dangerous trend, says the Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka. Speaking at the Supreme Court Conference in Brno on Tuesday, Mr. Sobotka said political pressure on courts, or even direct subjugation of courts by the executive, are incompatible with democracy and the rule of law. He did not mention any countries by name. The conference is one of the main events of the Czech chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.