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Polish farmers march in Warsaw against the EU’s climate policy and the country’s pro-EU leader

“According to the Green Deal, we have to grow what they tell us and when they tell us,” said Gasowska, holding the white and red national flag. “All these diversification requirements are very difficult for farmers. “

The noisy march stopped in front of the EU office in Warsaw and then in front of the parliament.

“Let Brussels eat worms, we prefer pork chops and potatoes,” one banner said, referring to the general belief that the EU would advise eating insects and worms instead of cattle meat.

The demonstration took place as part of the campaign of Polish political parties before next month’s elections to the European Parliament. The protest was supported by the Polish right-wing opposition party Law and Justice, which was in power from 2015 until the end of last year and wants to regain political momentum.

On the occasion of the elections, Tusk announced changes in his government on Friday, which are to replace four ministers who will run for the European Parliament next month.

The changes are also seen as an opportunity to bring new energy to Tusk’s government, which took office in December and launched deep reforms in many areas, including: in justice, foreign policy and media.

“Today is the time to put things in order and this is one of the reasons why we decided on these changes together,” Tusk said.

He announced that there will be more changes in the future that will be dictated by the “state’s interest.”

Tusk’s pro-EU government has launched a broad reversal of PiS policies that, under its rule, have put Poland on a collision course with the 27-member EU. Tusk’s team is taking action to free the justice system and state media from the political control that PiS tried to impose and to hold accountable those responsible for mismanagement and loss of funds by state-owned companies.

The Minister of Culture, Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, who headed the change in the authorities of the state television, radio and news agency, and the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration, Marcin Kierwiński, were replaced. The ministers of state assets, Borys Budka, and development and technology, Krzysztof Hetman, also left.

Tomasz Siemoniak, who was the Minister of National Defense in Tusk’s previous government in 2011–2015, became the new Minister of Internal Affairs. He retains his position as coordinator of secret services during Russia’s war with Poland’s neighbor, Ukraine.

The current Minister of Culture is Hanna Wróblewska, an art historian. Jakub Jaworowski, an economist and financier, was appointed to the management of state assets, which are currently being audited, revealing gross cases of mismanagement under the previous government. Krzysztof Paszyk, an experienced politician and legislator, became the new Minister of Development and Technology.

They will take office after being formally appointed by President Andrzej Duda on Monday.

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This story corrects the spelling of the name of the Minister of Internal Affairs to Siemoniak.

Polish farmers and other protesters gather in downtown Warsaw to protest against European Union climate policies and Poland's pro-EU government, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokołowski)

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Polish farmers and other protesters gather in downtown Warsaw to protest against European Union climate policies and Poland's pro-EU government, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokołowski)

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Polish farmers and other protesters gather in downtown Warsaw to protest against European Union climate policies and Poland's pro-EU government, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokołowski)

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Polish farmers and other protesters gather in downtown Warsaw to protest against European Union climate policies and Poland's pro-EU government, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokołowski)

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Polish farmers and other protesters gather in downtown Warsaw to protest against European Union climate policies and Poland's pro-EU government, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokołowski)

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Polish farmers and other protesters gather in downtown Warsaw to protest against European Union climate policies and Poland's pro-EU government, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokołowski)

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FILE - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk speaks with reporters outside the West Wing of the White House after meeting with President Joe Biden on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in Washington.  On Friday, May 10, 2024, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced changes in his government, which will replace four ministers running in the European Parliament elections next month.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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Polish farmers and other protesters gather in downtown Warsaw to protest against European Union climate policies and Poland's pro-EU government, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokołowski)

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Polish farmers and other protesters gather in downtown Warsaw to protest against European Union climate policies and Poland's pro-EU government, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokołowski)

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