April 10, 1990 |
Solutions to Central Europe's troubles were easier to come by in 1364, the last time the Czechoslovak, Hungarian and Polish heads of state tried to forge a united economic and security policy for the region. The three kings, meeting in Krakow, agreed to scrap tariffs and trade barriers after an evening of talk, good food and a little wine.
April 1, 1990 |
Solidarity founder Lech Walesa told Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki that disgruntled workers at the historic Gdansk shipyard--the labor union's birthplace--will stage an anti-govern- ment strike next week. "The government is following a good road, but it is walking too slowly," Walesa said. " . . . The shipyard will go on strike against Mazowiecki and against Walesa on Monday." The strike would be the first such protest against the economic policy of the Solidarity-led government.
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.
February 22, 1990 |
Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki said Wednesday that he does not want to see Soviet troops withdrawn from Poland until the issue of Poland's western border with Germany is guaranteed by a formal agreement on German reunification. "We believe that a new stage of history created by the reunification of Germany . . . must not be entered with any ambiguity regarding Poland's western border," Mazowiecki said.
February 15, 1990 |
Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, voicing Warsaw's disquiet at the prospect of a united Germany, demanded a role for Warsaw in talks leading to unification but ran into opposition from Bonn on Wednesday. Mazowiecki said Poland, whose postwar borders include huge tracts of former German territory, must be involved in negotiations between East and West Germany and the principal victorious wartime Allies in order to guarantee its security.
November 25, 1989 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, reiterating the Kremlin's acceptance of freely elected governments in Eastern Europe, told Poland's non-Communist prime minister Friday that Moscow wishes him and Solidarity success in transforming the Polish political and economic system. "Some people may consider it strange that I want to wish you success, but, in fact, I do wish you success--luck," Gorbachev told Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a veteran of Poland's Solidarity union movement.
November 10, 1989 |
Two old enemies, West Germany and Poland, reached out to each other Thursday in the hope that their common commitment to East European reform will be strong enough to keep the process moving forward, even through the upheaval in East Germany, which lies between them.
October 21, 1989 |
Pope John Paul II told Poland's non-Communist prime minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, that there must be no turning back from historic changes in their country. Mazowiecki broke four decades of Polish post-World War II tradition by coming to Italy instead of Moscow after taking office to thank the Polish-born pontiff for supporting the Solidarity free trade union. Mazowiecki told the pontiff: "This moment is the crowning, the fruit of a long dialogue and today we are seeing the results.
October 14, 1989
This country' Communist-led labor unions staged their first demonstration Friday against the Solidarity-led government. Union leader Alfred Miodowicz and about 150 supporters demonstrated in drizzling rain outside Parliament to protest an "avalanche of price rises" under the month-old government of Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki. Miodowicz, whose unions claim 7 million members, said supporters were tired of "paper protests" and wanted action.
September 13, 1989 |
Declaring that Poles are about to "begin a new page in their history," Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki on Tuesday outlined his vision of sweeping political and economic changes for Poland, while the Parliament overwhelmingly approved his appointments for the first opposition-led government in the Soviet Bloc.