ITALY: Shortening the Siestas

If Italy's new Premier Amintore Fanfani pushes through all the state-run housing programs, education schemes, tax crackdowns and corruption cleanups that he has promised, all of them added together probably will not shock Romans as much as one fearless request issued by the Premier in his first week in office. The request: all Cabinet members and their staffs should begin work at 8:30 a.m., and lunchtime siestas should be cut to 2½ hours.

To the eternal frustration of foreigners and the industrious businessmen of northern Italy, Rome's bureaucrats have for years meandered into...

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