Opinions differ about his legacy, however his heart was in the right place and he did more for his vision of Poland than most..
Poland's first prime minister after the fall of communism, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, has died aged 86, Polish media report. He was one of the architects of the "Round Table" talks, between communist leaders and opposition, paving the way for elections in 1989. The Solidarity party victory set a precedent for the toppling of communist governments across Eastern Europe. Mr Mazowiecki held office until 1990, and was a strong advocate of Poland joining the European Union. Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski paid tribute to the country's former leader, describing him as "one of the fathers of Polish liberty and independence".