Poland is buzzing with rumors that changes are imminent in the Communist Party and government leadership. Those best informed say this is unlikely -- at least right now. But signs are growing that ran-and-file party members are deeply dissatisfied with the leadership's failure to establish a workable modus vivendi with the unions. And they are displeased, too, with its inability to move ahead vigorously with economic reform. The feeling is widespread that the party has lost the momentum it gained at its "democratized" congress in July. Delegates want the congress reconvened; the leadership opposes this.

Meanwhile, the grass roots are acting on their own again. A mid-October revival is being planned of the "horizontal structure" links among lower-level party organizations in the provinces. Party chief Stanislaw Kania already has condemned these links as a challenge to central leadership.m

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