Polish farmers march in Warsaw against the EU’s climate policy

Polish farmers marched through Warsaw on Friday to protest against the European Union’s climate policy and oppose the pro-EU government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

The march was organized by Solidarity, a farmers’ union that strongly opposes EU agricultural policy, in particular the policy known as the Green Deal, which aims to make agriculture more climate-friendly.

Farmers say this interferes with their work and imposes high costs on them.

The march was held under the slogan “Down with the Green Deal”.

“Let Brussels eat worms, we prefer pork chops and potatoes,” read one of the banners held by protesters.

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Polish farmers and other protesters gather in Warsaw (Czarek Sokołowski/AP)

The demonstration comes as Polish political parties campaign ahead of next month’s European Parliament elections.

The protests were supported by the 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 begun a broad reversal of the policy of its right-wing predecessors, the Law and Justice party, which in 2015–2023 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.