ITALY: One Down, One to Go

Democracy discovered in southern Italy's municipal elections last month that it had two enemies, not one. The neo-Fascist M.S.I. (Movimento Sociale Italiano), which many people treated as a stale joke, emerged as Italy's third party and another threat to Premier Alcide de Gasperi's middle-of-the-road Demo-Christians (TIME, June 9). Last week, De Gasperi used one enemy to help strike down another. He maneuvered the Communists into helping him against the Fascists.

Backed by the Communist bloc, the Demo-Christians easily pushed through (410 votes to 34) a bill drafted by Interior Minister Mario Scelba....

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