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Newly appointed Polish Education Minister Przemyslaw Czarnek arrives at work, in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. Shortly before his arrival, activists dressed as security guards had climbed onto a balcony of the building and hung a banner protesting his recent appointment, considering him a religious fundamentalist. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish academics protest 'fundamentalist' education minister

Oct. 21, 2020 5:59 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists dressed as security guards climbed onto a balcony of a Polish Education Ministry building early Wednesday and hung a banner protesting the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth and universities....

Farmers take part in a protest against a proposed animal welfare bill, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Thousands of farmers from across Poland gathered in Warsaw to protest the bill, which would prohibit breeding animals for fur and restrict ritual slaughter. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish farmers protest planned animal welfare law

Oct. 13, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of angry farmers chanting anti-government slogans protested Tuesday in Warsaw against draft legislation that would ban fur farms, religious slaughter for export and the use of animals for entertainment and in circuses. Towing a life-size figure of a cow, the farmers...

Women with and without anti-coronavirus masks pass by an ambulance team wearing anti-COVID-19 outfits at a hospital in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. 
Poland's government has announced the entire country a yellow zone after the number of new registered case of coronavirus infection spiked to almost 4,300 on Thursday. The yellow zone rules take effect Saturday and will require Poles to wear masks in all public spaces, also in the open air. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish minister-designate broke virus rules, tested positive

Oct. 9, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s opposition says the country's education minister-designate visited his grandmother in the hospital, in breach of rules designed to control the spread of the coronavirus. Two days later, lawmaker Przemyslaw Czarnek tested positive for COVID-19, forcing many staff and...

Poland amends budget to include COVID-caused deficit

Oct. 8, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s lawmakers have amended this year’s budget bill to include a deficit equal to $29 billion due to the national lockdown and the cost of financially supporting companies hit by COVID-19 safety measures. The lower house of parliament voted late Wednesday 232-218...

Polish farmers tie up roads to protest animal protection law

Oct. 7, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Farmers across Poland slowed down traffic on main roads with their tractors Wednesday and left wheelbarrows of manure at lawmakers’ offices to protest a new law that bans fur farms and religious slaughter for export, saying it will put them out of business. Driving tractors...

The leader of the Polish ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski,center, speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The three parties in Poland's conservative coalition government signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday, putting aside disagreements. But they gave no details, leaving lingering uncertainty about how the Cabinet will look in practice after an expected reshuffle.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's ruling party leader joins revamped government

Oct. 6, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president has formally sworn in a reshuffled government in which the leader of the main ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, becomes deputy prime minister, after years of forging the nation’s politics from outside the Cabinet. Kaczynski, 71, will now be in charge...

The leader of the Polish ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski,signs the coalition document in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The three parties in Poland's conservative coalition government signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday, putting aside disagreements. But they gave no details, leaving lingering uncertainty about how the Cabinet will look in practice after an expected reshuffle.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

New Polish education minister tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 5, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The official swearing-in of Poland's reshuffled government was postponed until Tuesday and some members were put into quarantine after one of the ministers tested positive for COVID-19. The ceremony conducted by President Andrzej Duda had been planned at the Presidential Palace for...

People hold a protest rally in front of Poland's Education Ministry in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, against the appointment of a new education minister Przemyslaw Czarnek. Czarnek has said that LGBT people

Under fire over LGBT rights, Polish leader blames activist

Oct. 5, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Bart Staszewski felt angry and hopeless when local governments in Poland started passing resolutions last year declaring themselves to be free of "LGBT ideology.” The activist and filmmaker objected to the way conservative officials were using the word “ideology”...

PM: Polish economy may shrink less than 3.5% this year

Sep. 28, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's economy could decline less than 3.5% this year even despite the coronavirus pandemic, while next year should see a definite rebound, the country's prime minister declared Monday. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke after a government meeting that amended this...

File - In this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 file photo LGBT rights supporters protest against rising homophobia in Warsaw, Poland. Ambassadors to Poland from some 50 countries and international organizations have expressed their support with an open letter published Sunday, for the LGBT community in the country. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland rejects international criticism over LGBT rights

Sep. 28, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish leaders on Monday rejected suggestions that LGBT people are deprived of any of their rights in the country, after an open letter from 50 ambassadors and international representatives cited a need to work for "non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance." The...