THE NATIONS: How to Hang On

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It was as though history's heart had skipped a beat. For a brief, illusory moment, other struggles between Communism and the West seemed suspended—as if the contestants paused to watch the outcome of the stirring battle being fought in Italy. At dawn this Sunday, Italians will go to the polls to choose, in a democratic election, between Communism and the West.

On all the stormy battlefields of peace, the pause was noticeable. In Germany, the squabble over Berlin, a diversionary action in the deeper struggle for Germany and Europe, trailed off...

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