Poland Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks

Solidarity rejects an offer to join a coalition government

Why share power? Solidarity leader Lech Walesa could see no good reason last week as he turned down an invitation from President Wojciech Jaruzelski to join a grand coalition government with the Communist Party. After a two-hour closed meeting with Jaruzelski at the President's residence in Warsaw's Belvedere Palace, Walesa declared, "I must say I don't envy the President. He has an awful lot of problems."

Rather than joining the Communists, Walesa said, he told Jaruzelski that Solidarity should be permitted to form its own government. The trade-union movement earned that right, the union leader declared, with its dramatic June 4...

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