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Poland’s rightwing opposition criticises Tusk’s education shake-up

Coalition government to slim down school curriculum after cramming of subjects under previous nationalist administration Poland’s new government is seeking to slim down the material taught in schools by about 20%, saying a cramming of the curriculum under the previous rightwing populist administration has left teachers and students exhausted. Speaking during a school visit in […]

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Farmers clash with riot police in Brussels as EU agriculture leaders meet

Belgian capital blocked by 900 tractors amid protests throughout bloc demanding policy changes Farmers have clashed violently with police in the European quarter of Brussels, spraying officers with liquid manure and setting fire to mounds of tires while the EU’s agriculture ministers met to discuss the crisis in their sector. As farmers also protested in […]

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Boylesque review – tender portrait of drag artist who refuses to grow old gracefully

Bogna Kowalczyk’s lively and moving film follows 82-year-old Lulla La Polaca who embraces the future and its uncertainties with irresistible joie de vivre Still sorely underexplored on screen, the autumnal years of queer life are vibrantly explored in Bogna Kowalczyk’s lively and moving portrait of 82-year-old drag artist Andrzej Szwan, who goes by the name […]

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Russia-Ukraine war: head of Germany’s far-right AfD condemns ‘theatrics’ over Navalny’s death – as it happened

Tino Chrupalla says it is ‘unbearable’ the extent to which Putin has been blamed, with similar comments from Italian deputy PM Matteo Salvini The Republican senator Lindsey Graham, a key ally of Donald Trump, has been added to a list of “terrorists and extremists” kept by Russia’s state financial monitoring agency. Tass, the state-run news […]

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Poland is again threatened by a tyrant. This time, Europe must not look away | Simon Tisdall

Donald Tusk needs to convince European leaders to act to deter Vladimir Putin from further aggression Recent panicky talk of a third world war seems a tad overblown. Yet the specific threat posed by Russia’s aggressive, revisionist regime to eastern Europe is real and growing. As in the past, Poland is on the frontline of […]

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A man in a hurry: David Cameron dispenses with diplomatic niceties in quest to make a mark on the world stage

From US aid for Ukraine to the recognition of a Palestinian state, the UK foreign secretary is determined to play a role as history unfolds A day after the Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene declared “David Cameron can kiss my ass” over his references to the appeasement of Hitler in an article appealing to US […]

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‘This is where I apologise’: Polish state TV presenter says sorry to LGBT+ viewers

Activist Bart Staszewski hails ‘meaningful and necessary’ apology as opening new chapter for state broadcaster A television presenter with Poland’s state broadcaster has apologised for the years of “shameful words” directed at LGBTQ+ people, in a moment hailed by a prominent rights campaigner as the closing of a chapter in Polish society. Bart Staszewski, an […]

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‘There is a huge pot of gold’: Poland says Russia should pay to rebuild Ukraine – video

Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has said Russian assets and those of Russian oligarchs present a ‘huge pot of gold’ that should be used for Ukraine’s reconstruction. ‘We must make sure that the offender pays for reconstruction. Russia should pay Ukraine war damages, war reparations,’ Morawiecki said on Tuesday at a conference in Berlin working […]

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How soulmates Hungary and Poland fell out over Ukraine war

With one demanding stronger sanctions and the other blaming the EU for soaring energy prices, relations remain tense In December 2021, Poland’s ultraconservative, nationalist government hosted some of the biggest names in European far-right politics, including France’s Marine Le Pen and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán. At the close of the Warsaw gathering, the group issued a […]

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From the archive – Poles apart: the bitter conflict over a nation’s communist history – podcast

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2018: Many Polish people remember Soviet soldiers saving them from Nazi occupation. But a growing number are rejecting that narrative, and the monuments that come with it Archive: Euronews, […]

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