Italy: The Hot Iron

The most striking thing about Italy last week was just that. Not for years had the nation witnessed so far-reaching a surge of strikes. From Milan to Messina, from Bologna to Brindisi, men strutted the streets with banners, sat stubbornly with arms folded in occupied factories or simply stayed home. There was no common denominator to the strikes, no overall pattern of agitation as in the past, but rather a vague feeling among Italian workers that the iron was hot. And strike they did.

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