Poland: Convoking the Three Estates

Hopes rise slightly as church, union and government meet

Icy winds whipped around Gdansk's 14th century gothic town hall last week, but the real storm was within. Lech Walesa, 38, faced one of the toughest challenges to his leadership of Solidarity, Poland's independent trade union federation. The occasion: a meeting of Solidarity's 107-member national commission. The task: to react to Walesa's announcement that he would join in an unprecedented tripartite summit meeting with Poland's Premier, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, and Roman Catholic Primate, Archbishop Jozef Glemp. The meeting would consider the country's...

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