Pawel Piskorski/Poland: The Accidental Politician

Pawel Piskorski sounds like many big-city mayors these days. He is given to grand plans for Poland's capital, including a "Contract for Warsaw" to make it a better place to live. But to Piskorski, his mayoral ambitions are still surprising, considering how it all began for the 31-year-old activist a decade ago. "We had no expectation of becoming politicians in the normal democratic sense," he says. "Our aim was to fight against the communist system."

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