Poland: Prisoner of Events

As party factions vie, Jaruzelski steers a cautious course

The twin events had promised to be the most important since the declaration of martial law on Dec. 13: a major speech by General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the country's ruler, and the first meeting of the party's 200-man Central Committee since the emergency began. Poles hoped that the general and the committee would give them some clear signals about the nation's future and perhaps even announce a recovery program for an economy that was growing weaker day by day. But the expectations came to...

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