Italy: Buccia di Banana

The six-month rule of Premier Aldo Moro's coalition government reads like The Perils of Pauline. The experts were certain Moro would be brought down by strikes, growing inflation, the faltering economy or just the incompatibility of his coalition partners—the Socialists and the Christian Democrats. But, just like Pauline, the Moro government survived every major crisis and even began to have a look of permanence. Then, last week, as Italians put it, the coalition slipped on a "buccia di banana"—banana peel. On a minor vote on what had not even been a political issue,...

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