ITALY: Job for the Caretaker

Italy had a new Premier last Week. Sandy-haired Giuseppe Pella, the Piedmontese peasant's son (TIME, Aug. 24) who became Italy's firm-money Finance Minister after the war, did what his old boss, Alcide de Gasperi, was unable to do. He got the benevolent neutrality of Sara-gat's Socialists on the left and the monarchists' votes on the right, and thus won for his government a vote of confidence in the Senate and a surprising 100-vote majority in the Lower House. Pella insisted that his ambitions were modest: to run a quiet caretaker government until...

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