Italy: A New Tactic

Having run its full five-year course, the Italian Parliament dissolved itself last week, opening up a fresh season of politics, Italian-style. No fewer than 73 political parties have already registered their wish to run in the May 19 elections for seats in a new Parliament, among them such far-out groups as the World Sacred Idealism Party, the Movement for Divorce & Solidarity and the Friends of the Moon. As usual, however, the elections will be primarily a collision between Italy's two largest parties: the Christian Democrats and the Communists.

The Christian Democrats,...