ITALY: A Trench to Defend

"It will be short but not sweet, Scelba!" cried the Fascist daily newspaper 77 Secolo d'Italia. The Communist 77 Paese echoed:

". . . Let Scelba keep in mind the fact that the more one stretches the rope, the easier it breaks." Thus did the extremists declare war last week on Italy's new Premier Mario Scelba.

Only a thin margin (16 votes in the Chamber of Deputies, 13 in the Senate) separated the new Premier from the fate predicted for him by his enemies—and most of his friends. Last week energetic Mario Scelba set out to prove them wrong. Before putting...

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