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March 10, 2016

Polish Constitutional Tribunal finds new limits unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal found that recent legislation which limits the constitutional court's power is unconstitutional. The ruling Law and Justice party, which pushed the legislation through, said it will treat the finding as invalid because the court did not abide by the new rules introduced in the contested legislation. 
Georgia looks to constitutionally ban gay marriage. Seeking to ban same-sex marriage, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili hopes to amend the constitution, which defines marriage in gender-neutral terms, to align it with the country's Civil Code, which defines marriages as a union between a man and a woman. Kvirikashvili's ruling coalition has a substantial parliamentary majority, but the powerful Orthodox Church has yet to weigh in on the issue.
Bulgarian Constitutional Court strikes government's healthcare reforms. The Bulgarian Constitutional Court on Tuesday struck down Health Minister Petar Moskov's amendment to the Health Insurance Act, which proposed the delineation of "basic" and "additional" health care packages, on the grounds that it would unconstitutionally deny citizens affordable medical care. Responding to calls for Moskov's resignation, President Rossen Plevneliev argued that the court ruling was normal democratic procedure.
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