The uproar in Poland over leaked recordings of conversations among officials threatened to disrupt the government, with the prime minister and the president saying the scandal may lead to early elections.
Poland’s former President Lech Walesa is “very disappointed” with what he describes as a lack of U.S. leadership in the world and will share his views with Barack Obama when the U.S. leader visits Warsaw next week.
Wojciech Jaruzelski, the communist leader and army general who imposed martial law in Poland to suppress the Solidarity movement in 1981 before ceding power eight years later as his regime collapsed, has died. He was 90.
Former Polish President Lech Walesa , who led the Solidarity labor movement that helped bring down communism, was hospitalized yesterday, private broadcaster TVN24 reported, citing unnamed people close to the former president.
Poland’s Foreign Ministry awarded its first Solidarity Prize to a Crimean Tatar leader who spent time in Soviet prisons and was banned from entering the peninsula after criticizing its referendum on joining Russia.
Lech Walesa travels to Tunisia today to advise the country’s new leaders on building a democracy after they ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali . Based on Walesa’s experience, the transition may be a long one.