ITALY: Roman Circus

The 580 Deputies who fanned out before him in the high, oak-paneled chamber had Amintore Fanfani's fate in their hands. It was up to them to accept or reject him as Italy's new Premier. In the dry, precise style of an economics professor (which he once was), 46-year-old Amintore Fanfani outlined a substantial program: more government housing, another 65,000 schoolrooms, stone-clearing projects in Sardinia and reforestation in the mountain districts, cheaper loans for farmers, wage boosts for workers, better tax enforcement. These measures reflected his leanings to the liberal wing of his Christian Democratic Party. But he also wanted...

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