There Goes the Bloc

With Moscow's satellites finding their own way, a new architecture must be created for the heart of the Continent. But no one is sure of the blueprint

Can it really be just ten months since Hungary took its first tentative step toward democracy by passing a law to permit the formation of independent political parties? Last week Hungary's largest opposition party named a candidate for November's presidential election -- and he stands a good chance of winning.

Have only four months passed since Solidarity forces rejected an invitation from Poland's Communist leader to join a coalition government? Last week in Warsaw, Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze conferred with Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a longtime Solidarity activist and the first non- Communist to head a Soviet satellite.

And wasn't...

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