ITALY: Delayed Fusion

During a Roman heat wave, Italy's Socialists sweated out fusion in the imposing Aula Magna of the Collegio Romano. There hundreds of Socialists gathered for their first Congress since Mussolini suppressed their party (1926).

For fusion with the Communist Party was Italy's No. 1 Socialist, Vice Premier Pietro Nenni, elegant in dapper grey trousers and an ivory-toned monogrammed shirt. Cried he: "Any policy not based on unity of the working classes will gradually lead our country and our party to slip from a revolutionary position to that of mere reform. . . ....

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