Italy: No to Everybody

With 73 parties to choose from, Italy's general elections last week seemed to offer something for every political shopper. The candidates represented all political brands from neo-Fascism to Communism. Yet, obliged by law to go to the polls, 1,000,000 Italians rejected the lot and cast blank ballots—the highest no-to-everybody vote ever registered in Italy. Amid all the statistics to come out of the election, this was the most easily understood, and perhaps the most significant.

Those voters who did mark their ballots returned to power Premier Aldo Moro's five-year-old Center-Left coalition with...

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