ITALY: The Fall of Scelba

For a few moments last week, it seemed as if doughty little Premier Mario Scelba, whose government had staggered along for 16 months, would stagger on a while longer. But the day of reckoning came at last.

In his 497 days, Scelba had seen Trieste settled and had pushed through the Paris accords. At home he had launched an attack, even though belated and limited, on the Communists' entrenched privileges. But he had gotten nowhere on Italy's much-needed social and economic reforms. Skillful on the teeter-totter of politics, he had merely avoided falling to the left or falling to...

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