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Poland's new Prime Minister talks about Western aid, Communism and Mikhail Gorbachev

In his first major interview with a Western news organization since taking office two weeks ago, Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki met for an hour last week with TIME's Eastern Europe bureau chief, John Borrell, and Warsaw reporter Tadeusz Kucharski. In a typical display of informality, Mazowiecki did not request written questions in advance and had no aides present during the meeting, which took place in his sparsely furnished offices in downtown Warsaw. Excerpts:

Q. As a member of Solidarity, you were jailed by the government for a year in 1982. Did you ever think it would come to this, that...

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