Poles Get Ready For Another `Shock'

Poland's Balcerowicz unleashes another dose of reform

When Leszek Balcerowicz, the fabled father of Poland's economic "shock treatment," reclaimed the Finance Ministry after national elections last September, the burning question was: Can he work his magic again? Many Poles and foreign observers agreed that Central Europe's most vibrant economy desperately needed Balcerowicz and his tiny Freedom Union party to reignite reform, which had slowed during four years of Communist rule. But many also feared he would wield little power in a government led by the Solidarity trade union--with which Balcerowicz enjoys an uneasy political peace.

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