World: A Tough New Boss

Stanislaw Kania is virtually unknown in the West, but Poland watchers are in agreement on one point: he is a loyal apparatchik with orthodox views and no inclination to buck Moscow. "Kania's advent does not bode well for people espousing reform," says Richard Davies, former U.S. Ambassador to Poland. "He can be expected to try to restrict the realization of the agreement with the workers." Another analyst puts it more harshly: "Of all the people they could have picked, he is one of the toughest."

Nine years ago Gierek gave Kania the job of running Poland's entire security apparatus—its espionage, counterespionage and...

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