Poland: Now the Real Challenge

Despite reforms, Warsaw's congress ducks some tough problems

When all the debates had ended and the last votes were counted Stanislaw Kania had a sobering thought for the delegates to the Ninth Extraordinary Congress of the Polish Communis Party. Unless they could now move from words to actions, warned the newly re-elected party leader in a tough closing speech, "history might brand us as those who talked Poland to death."

At first, this might seem like a strange thing to tell an assembly that had just completed the most remarkable—and democratic—party congress in...

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