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In Warsaw, Poland
In Warsaw, Poland
Pawel Kosminski

WARSAW — Schools in Poland celebrated "Rainbow Friday" for the first time so that students, regardless of their sexual orientation, feel accepted and respected. But in the conservative Catholic country, leaders of the governing Law and Justice party are protesting against the celebration, and are urging parents to sign declarations against it.

Campaign Against Homophobia, an advocacy group, had invited teachers to participate in "Rainbow Friday" after many school officials inquired how they could counter discrimination in classrooms and support LGBT students.

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Why Macron's New EU Membership Scheme Is All About Appeasing Putin

French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a new European Political Community, with support from Germany's Olaf Scholz, that would include Ukraine in a second-tier union. No, this is not about European "core values" — it's just the latest attempt by the EU's two biggest players to be sure not to upset Vladimir Putin.

Macron and Scholz in Berlin on May 9

Daria Badior and Ksenia Bilash

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KYIV — French President Emmanuel Macron said that Ukraine's accession to the European Union will take years, if not decades. He also proposed the creation of a new union on the continent — the European Political Community, which may include countries that must wait to join the EU, or which have left (like the UK).

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At the same time, according to Macron's plan, joining the new union will mean other states cannot gain membership to the European Union.

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