POLAND: A Plan for Man's Needs

The Poles, who are noted for their bitter political humor, are asking an ironic riddle these days. What is the difference between Gierek and Gomulka? The answer: there is none—but Gierek does not know it.

That is all too harsh a judgment of Edward Gierek, 58, the pragmatic technocrat who took over as party leader after Wladyslaw Gomulka, 66, was forced to resign because of last December's Baltic coast riots. In fact, Gierek has done many things that Gomulka in recent years would not have dared. Last week he made important moves in...

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