ITALY: Muddle in Milan

For more than a year wily Pietro Nenni, egg-bald boss of Italy's Socialist Party, has wriggled uneasily under public pressure for a merger between his forces and Giuseppe Saragat's small but influential Social Democratic Party. The question was: Did Nenni care enough about Socialist reunification to abandon his decade-old alliance with Italy's Communists?

Two weeks ago, after months of artful dodging, Nenni made it clear that he did not. To Communist applause, he alone among Western European Socialists responded favorably to Nikita Khrushchev's call for a united Marxist front against U.S. "intrigue" in the Middle East (TIME, Oct. 28). And...

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