EASTERN EUROPE: Chilly Time for D

Poland's Communist neighbors are worried about independence

From the moment it was signed, the Gdansk agreement ending Poland's nationwide strike sent ripples of unease through Eastern Europe. Would the new independent unions demand too much, thereby inviting Moscow's wrath as well as its army? Would the Polish disease spread and cause unrest in other Communist countries? How would the Soviets keep their satellites in line?

As the ripples intensified, East bloc nations have nervously responded to events in Poland with a series of tough acts and words, directed against both "antisocialist elements" in...

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