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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 20, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba So win Flieg free april Solidarity seek new challenges by Stephen Engelberg times news service Poland with communism vanquished As a political Force in Lech Walesa and the Solidarity Trade Union he founded began grappling yesterday with the question of what for the for the government it and for Walesa the shipyard electrician who won the Nobel peace prize in 1983 has dominated this country politics for a deftly holding together the disparate elements of an anticommunist Alliance that was always More of a social movement than a Trade but As Solidarity first annual convention in nine years opened Here the strains in the once conspiratorial movement and the growing uncertainty about where Walesa fits in As Poland politics grows More complicated and con were Many younger delegates complained in interviews of the hard ships imposed on Rankan file work ers by the Solidarity led governments economic some expressed Hopes that Walesa would now Lead the Union to become a traditional labor organization that would defend workers including those affected by govern ment austerity prime minister Tadeusz a once a close adviser to Walesa in the Trade pleaded yesterday for patience with the economic saying poles face a Choice Between listening to the Blandishments of demagoguery and building a sound foundation for the i am one of and i remain one of Mazowiecki that is the Only Way to understand my his speech was warmly greeted by the who gave the prime minister the Days most enthusiastic the convention and the nation were waiting for later this week to hear from the undisputed voice of the Solidarity Union and the one Man in this country whose Politi Cal influence stems from the Force of not elected or appointed this was particularly apparent in this Seaside Industrial City where Walesa first shaped the Union and where he was narrowly elected head of Solidarity nine years ago at a convention held in the same Hall where the current meeting is taking Lech Walesa jokes with unidentified Solidarity that session As did yester with a mass at the 800year old Cathedral in a Gdansk who played a key role in the so called round table talks with the communists last year that brought a Solidarity backed govern ment to has lately been keep ing his distance from that govern immediately after the round table there was initial speculation that Walesa might want to become prime a Post no one Here doubts he could have had for the but he suggested Mazowiecki for the Eal takes fast track East Berlin a East Ger Many prime minister said yester Day the Ger Nanys May merge their economies within eight but he demanded that West Germany pay a bigger Price for Lothar de Maiziere also said East Germany will defend the military interests of the soviet Union but still will pursue the Quick path to unification that Moscow de in his first speech to the freely elected said a final plan for a single Germany could be in place before parliament Breaks for the in the next eight to 10 weeks we will Lay the foundations for the eco monetary and social Union so that this Union can enter into Force before the summer he he said East Germany must be an equal partner in the talks and that the countries must agree on conditions that ensure East germans do not get the feeling of being second class German while a single currency and shared social and economic institutions could be in Long negotiations Are expected on the process of fully unifying the governments and creating a single the process is not expected to be completed until next de Maiziere reiterated that most East German which Are virtually must be traded at a 11 rate to the powerful West Ger Man Mark when a single currency is but the Vic president of the West German Central Helmut was quoted As saying a 11 Exchange could Lead to higher inflation in West de Maiziere said he is concerned there is less willingness to help among West germans fearful that inflation and higher taxes May be the Price for bailing out the collapsing East German we Are not demanding sacrifices from he what we expect is togetherness and the division of Germany can Only be lifted by de chosen As prime minister last also said most of the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall will be torn Down to symbolize the end of 40 years of he said one piece will stand As a historical the Wall and East Germany other Border controls were opened in november during the pro Democrat by revolt that toppled the former Hartline communist cartoon bicycle Ideal for Lawn 26x36 pack of limit 2 per saturdays super buy laundry detergent improved whitening 10 litre 100 per limit 2 per a turd a is super Price big savings for Spring a wide selection of granular fertilizers including Weed Lawn Green in 8 pkg 10 pkg a turd a is super Price limit 300 per limit 6 per a turd a is super Price off hours of fun for choose from Mickey bugs super Man More 100 per limit 2 per a turd a is super Price 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