Poland’s government has tried to nobble its supreme court.
In England, a successful doping ring in the nineteen-sixties would bribe its way into barns and “nobble” a favorite, make it sick or woozy, and then bet heavily against it.
To remain in power, autocrats need to nobble independent institutions.
Poland’s ruling party has tried to nobble the courts and the civil service.
Crooked ruling parties have found myriad ways to nobble opponents and make elections unfair.
So does the fact that the president plainly fears him—or else why did he try to nobble him in Ukraine?
In some countries majoritarian leaders have exploited this tribal loyalty to nobble the institutions supposed to check them.
If they are favoured, state-controlled banks will provide them with cheap loans and bureaucrats will nobble their foreign competitors.
On a bigger scale, the same factors—geography, security and commerce—would nobble any bid by Mr Trump to conscript Russia as a bulwark against China.
But criticisms that he selects the wrong policies to achieve them, implements them ineptly and tries to nobble any institution that gets in his way hit the mark.
Despite the veto, the European Commission issued a formal warning, giving Poland one month to address concerns over the government’s efforts to nobble the judiciary.
The pride is especially justified because of the grave problems that once seemed to doom New Orleans to gradual, perpetual decline, and which might have been expected to nobble its recovery.
And future presidents tempted to use the power of their office to nobble a political opponent and nullify congressional oversight will take lessons from the case as to what they can get away with.
Before the vote, the Kabila regime used all its powers to nobble the opposition, barring popular candidates, banning rallies, firing on crowds and using state resources to promote the hapless Mr Shadary.
It involves an attempt by China—backed by Russia and Saudi Arabia—to nobble the presumed front-runner for control of the presidency, the tiny Pacific island nation of Fiji, and manoeuvre a country more to its liking into that position.
But the fact that Latvia's best-known anti-corruption official (pictured above) had to leave the country for her own safety, amid political attempts to nobble her agency, is evidence of a rising tide of sleaze in ex-communist Europe, and of the troubles, and even dangers, facing those who try to tackle it.
- deprive of by deceit
- make off with belongings of others
- take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
- disable by drugging
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