Proper authorities should get down to some serious work to resolve the problem of slanderWalesa threatening to leave Poland Mar 30, 2009
If it proves to be a publicity trick, and the Gdansk authorities (aren't) doing anything, I will have no other (choice) but to renounce my own honorary citizenshipWalesa or Grass to renounce Gdansk honors Aug 18, 2006
If I had still been president of Poland at the time, I would not have sent troops to IraqWalesa: I would not have sent Iraq troops May 26, 2004
I would have met with the heads of government from Germany and France and worked for a common European positionWalesa: I would not have sent Iraq troops May 26, 2004
The role of world leaders are very important in promoting peace on the Korean peninsulaWorld leaders gather for peace Feb 05, 2003
Lech Wałęsa (Polish: Lech Wałęsa) (Polish: ( listen), English: /ˌlɛk vəˈwɛnsə/ or /wɔːˈlɛnsə/; born 29 September 1943) is a Polish politician, trade-union organizer, and human-rights activist. A charismatic leader, he co-founded Solidarity (Solidarność), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland 1990–95.
Wałęsa was an electrician by trade, with no higher. Soon after beginning work at the Gdańsk (then, "Lenin") Shipyards, he became a trade-union activist. For this he was persecuted by the Polish communist government, placed under surveillance, fired in 1976, and arrested several times. In August 1980 he was instrumental in negotiations that led to the ground-breaking Gdańsk Agreement between striking workers and the government, and he became a co-founder of the Solidarity trade-union movement. Arrested again after martial law was imposed and Solidarity was outlawed, upon release he continued his activism and was prominent in the establishment of the 1989 Round Table Agreement that led to semi-free parliamentary elections in June 1989 and to a Solidarity-led government.
In 1990 he successfully ran for the newly re-established office of President of Poland. He presided over Poland's transformation from a communist to a post-communist state, but his popularity waned. After he narrowly lost the 1995 presidential election, his role in Polish politics was diminished. His international fame remains, however, and he speaks and lectures in Poland and abroad on history and politics.