Hungary: Brezhnev's Blessing

"The Czechs showed what was impossible," a Hungarian intellectual said recently. "We are testing the possible." Last week, as the Hungarian Communist Party held its tenth party congress in Budapest, the country got a good idea of how well it is doing in the test.

As the Czechoslovaks so painfully learned in 1968, the ultimate trial of a reform plan in the East bloc is whether it passes muster with the Kremlin. Since Hungary is embarked on an economic reform that in some respects is similar to Prague's ill-fated experiment, Hungarians and...

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