Poland's Sunday trading ban takes effect

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Catholic church welcomes law that begins with ban on two Sundays a month, extending to all in 2020

A Polish law banning almost all trade on Sundays has taken effect, with large supermarkets and most other retailers closed for the first time since liberal shopping laws were introduced in the 1990s after the collapse of communism.

The change is stirring up a range of emotions in a country where some feel workers are exploited but many others see consumer freedom as one of the most tangible benefits of the free market era.

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