Foreign News: To Fuse or Not to Fuse

To fuse or not to fuse with the Communist Party, that was the critical question before the French Socialist Party. The answer to that question would help shape the answer to a bigger question: would the reorganization of western Europe be dominated by Labor's totalitarian (Communist) or its democratic (Socialist) wing?

There were weighty precedents. In Norway the Labor Party (Norway's biggest) and the Communist Party (which once polled 7% of the national vote) agreed to fuse. In Italy the Socialist Party has voted for fusion with the Communist Party (see below). In Berlin, Socialists and Communists, traditional enemies, have formed a...

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