Italy: Test for the Aperfura

Along the Grand Canal in Venice, a huge, brightly lit red-and-white shield of the Christian Democratic Party gleams in the night; sprouting from Rome's Janiculum Hill, overlooking the Vatican, is the red-white-green flame of the tiny, powerless Fascists. From Messina to Milan last week, wide piazzas and narrow alleyways sprouted in riotous campaign colors, and echoed with the loudspeaker slogans of scudding little Fiat 600s, as Italy's 34,-300,000 voters prepared to go to the polls for the first national election in five years.

The election is the most important since 1948, when...

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