POLAND: A Meeting with Old Mates

Although he has been boss of Poland's Communist Party for little more than a month, Edward Gierek is about to receive a decisive report card. When the party's 91-man Central Committee assembles, perhaps as early as this week, Gierek must persuade its members to support his plans for economic and political reforms. Since most members owe their jobs to Gierek's predecessor, the ousted Wladyslaw Gomulka, this may prove to be quite a challenge.

Gierek last week weathered a different but no less important test with high marks. With unrest continuing among the workers...

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