ITALY: A Touch of More Nostrum

In Rome last week a taut, red-faced man with an angry glint in his eye called in New York Times Correspondent Paul Hofmann and unburdened himself of a bitter complaint. "The Americans," said he, "have done a nasty thing to Italy in Libya."

The angry man was Enrico Mattel, boss of E.N.I., the state-owned oil and gas company which in little more than a decade has grown out of a near-bankrupt Fascist monopoly to become Italy's most successful economic enterprise. The "nasty thing," according to Mattei, was E.N.I.'s complete exclusion from Libya, where more than a dozen British, French...

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