Italy: A Communist by Any Other Name

What with Western Europe's glowing prosperity and the corresponding disarray behind the Iron Curtain, the U.S.

has come to count heavily on the idea that there is no future for Communist parties in the free world. But once again, Italy proved that higher wages and additional creature comforts do not necessarily ensure a Red rout. The country's municipal elections resulted in a small but significant increase of Communist strength and another decline in the fortunes of the ruling center-left coalition.

Complicated Failure. It was to avoid just such a result, and to "isolate"...

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