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Poland's civil rights activists are cautiously optimistic about the new government

Poland's right-wing ruling party lost the national elections. But activists do not predict the winners will undertake major changes in LGBTQ and abortion policies.

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Rob Schmitz is NPR's international correspondent based in Berlin, where he covers the human stories of a vast region reckoning with its past while it tries to guide the world toward a brighter future. From his base in the heart of Europe, Schmitz has covered Germany's levelheaded management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of right-wing nationalist politics in Poland and creeping Chinese government influence inside the Czech Republic.