Foreign News: The People's Choice

Returns from Europe's 1945 elections were in. To examine them was to look on the face of a friend returned from a long and painful journey. What the Continent had endured and learned in the past six years—and in the 20 years preceding 1939—was written on the ballots.

This much was plain: 1) the old Right was smashed; 2) the old Left had not triumphed; 3) the Center, despised and declining between the wars, had mightily revived; it had succeeded the Right and at the same time had cut deeply into the Left's popular...

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