ITALY: De Gasperi's Fall

It was Rome's hottest day of the summer, and a dismal day for Premier Alcide de Gasperi. The Monarchists and neo-Fascists stuck stonily to their decision to throw all their votes against him. His long-time allies of the center, the Liberals, Social Democrats and Republicans, would not give him even one of their 38 votes. The Red Socialists of Pietro Nenni and their friends the Communists sat in the Chamber of Deputies behind smug smiles of triumph. "Italy." said owlish Communist Boss Palmiro Togliatti placidly, "will certainly and inevitably pass through the...

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