Imre Pozsgay, 55, is the newborn Hungarian Socialist Party's leading reformer and its candidate for presidential elections scheduled for next month. In his Budapest office overlooking the Danube, Pozsgay was interviewed by TIME's Eastern Europe bureau chief John Borrell. Excerpts:
In the electorate's eyes, is there such a thing as a reformed Communist?
We are not going to have an easy time in the elections. Unlike Poland, where there was a prior agreement dividing up the seats, we are going to have a real struggle, rivalry and competition. We have already said we will accept what the people say....