August 23, 1989 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev asserted Tuesday that Poland cannot solve its problems without the Communist Party, a party spokesman said. Gorbachev, who leads the Soviet Union's Communist Party, spoke for 40 minutes by telephone with Mieczyslaw F. Rakowski, head of Poland's Communist Party, party spokesman Jan Bisztyga said.
August 21, 1990 |
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa affirmed Monday that he will run for president of Poland and said the administration of Solidarity Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki has distorted some of the ideals of the movement. In the first of a series of interviews to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the founding of Solidarity on Aug. 31, 1980, Walesa said he will seek to replace Wojciech Jaruzelski, the former Communist Party leader, as president, setting up a possible confrontation with Mazowiecki.
August 27, 1989 |
Poland's new prime minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, won a vote of confidence Saturday from the head of the Soviet KGB security police. "I liked him," Vladimir D. Kryuchkov told reporters after he emerged from a meeting with Mazowiecki at the Office of the Council of Ministers. "A solid man." According to the KGB chairman, Mazowiecki spoke of his plans for Poland's government while he told Mazowiecki about social reforms in the Soviet Union. The talks were "productive and interesting," he said.
July 29, 1990 |
The scene is being set in Poland for an election showdown between Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa and Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, as the split in the former Communist opposition movement settles into two broad camps. Neither Walesa nor Mazowiecki has reached the stage of declaring himself a candidate for the presidency, a post now held by Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, the former Communist Party leader whose term has five more years to run.
July 2, 1990 |
Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki offered Sunday to meet this week with Lech Walesa to ease the bitter political war that has torn the Solidarity movement. An aide to Walesa said the Solidarity chairman is aware of the offer and that arrangements for the meeting will probably be announced soon. Mazowiecki's peace gesture came at a meeting of local Solidarity citizens committees called by his backers in the conflict.
March 2, 1990 |
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Thursday repeated his willingness to support a declaration by both German parliaments renouncing any territorial claims against Poland, but he drew stiff criticism from neighboring European countries and domestic political foes for refusing to give more definitive assurances. "No one must link the question of a single Germany with any shift in existing borders," Kohl told a news conference here.
September 8, 1989 |
Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki submitted nominees for his new government to the Speaker of Poland's Parliament on Thursday, with eight ministerial portfolios going to Solidarity, four to the Communists and five to be shared by Solidarity's new coalition allies. Mazowiecki, weary after days of negotiating to balance Eastern Europe's first opposition-led government, said the names of his Cabinet selections will be announced Tuesday, when the Parliament is expected to vote on them.
November 10, 1990 |
Lech Walesa hits the presidential campaign trail in Poland in a new gray double-breasted suit, full of confidence and a spirit of combat, running like a candidate who likes nothing better than pressing the flesh and the roar of the crowd. Meanwhile, his opponent, Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Walesa's longtime adviser and erstwhile ally, goes out to ask for votes in the manner of an obligatory mourner at a funeral, a task performed more out of duty than commitment.
November 28, 1990 |
The Polish political leadership began binding up its wounds Tuesday, making the first efforts to try to unify the old Solidarity coalition behind Lech Walesa to defeat the upstart stranger from Canada who knocked the prime minister out of the presidential running in Sunday's election. Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the prime minister who finished third in the balloting, agreed to stay on in charge of a caretaker government until after the Dec.
August 18, 1989 |
President Wojciech Jaruzelski today chose Solidarity activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki to be the new prime minister and lead the East Bloc's first non-communist government, a government source said. "I can expect such an offer. I am ready to accept it," Mazowiecki told reporters after meeting with Jaruzelski this morning.