ITALY: Long Summer's End

When courtly Antonio Segni was named Premier of Italy in July 1955, Roman wags, who did not expect his government to survive the summer, promptly dubbed it "the seaside Cabinet." Last week when Summer Premier Segni finally handed in his resignation, he had been head of Italy's government for 22 months—longer than any Premier since Alcide de Gasperi.

When Segni took office, the four-party coalition which had dominated Italy since 1953 was falling apart. Wispy-white-maned Antonio Segni, who looks like a Shakespearean bit-player on short rations, seemed the last man in the...

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