Poland: Dial an Unappetizing Choice

A butterfingered regime apologizes, but hikes prices anyway

Raising food prices is a risky undertaking in Poland. Former Communist Party Secretary Wladyslaw Gomulka fell from power in 1970 partly because of unrest over food price hikes, and the organizing drive that produced Solidarity was born out of anger over 1980 increases. With such memories still painfully fresh, the government of General Wojciech Jaruzelski last week began imposing the third set of price increases since martial law was declared in December 1981 and the first since it was lifted last July. The increases were...

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