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Hungary / Politics and Economics #115789

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 24, 1988
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Pol. and economy situation in Hungary featured; interview with new general secretary of Hungarian Communist party, Karoly Grosz, shown. [GROSZ - (thru translator) says he would like to see fewer military forces in Hungary, USSR and West Europe.] Garrisoning of Soviet troops in Hungary since revolution of 1956 recalled; scenes shown from Budapest in 1956. Hungarian leader Janos Kadar's reign reviewed; scenes shown of sts. in Hungary. Recent econ. problems in Hungary discussed. [State television news editor-in-chief George ACZEL - says economy conds. are bad.] Impact of economy problems on Hungarian people outlined. [Hungarian National Bank spokesperson Janos FEKETE - says it is not crisis situation.] Issue of political concessions in exchange for economy austerity examined. [Dissident writer Miklos HARASTI - says political changes are necessary for economy changes.] Need for complete restructuring noted. [GROSZ - (thru translator) discusses economy conds. and reforms.] Changes in pol. situation noted; Mikhail Gorbachev mentioned. [GROSZ - (thru translator) says he will bring new things without rushing.] President Reagan's welcoming message to Grosz mentioned.

Jennings, Peter;
Koppel, Ted

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