Poland: Hard Times at The Top

Hard Times at The Top

For months trade union leader Lech Walesa has been accusing Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki of too much haste in economic reform and too little urgency in ridding the government of onetime Communists. With his eye on the presidency, currently held by General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Walesa has also been urging that elections scheduled for next spring be held earlier.

Mazowiecki, whose refusal to accommodate the testy Nobel laureate caused a deep rift within Solidarity, last week went most of the way toward meeting Walesa's demands. In a major Cabinet reshuffle he dismissed three prominent former Communists and two other non-Solidarity ministers. The...