Poland: Opting Boldly for Renewal

Kania too comes down on the side of reform

There had never been a May Day parade quite like it in the Soviet bloc. No outsize portraits of Marx and Lenin. No reviewing stand for party bigwigs. No interminable speeches. Marching in a procession of 100,000 workers down Warsaw's Krolewska Street last week, under a sea of red flags, was a group of men who used to gaze down on such manifestations from an elevated platform: the entire eleven-member Polish Politburo, hatless in spite of the light drizzle, occasionally smiling at the gaggle...

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