Italy: Till the Next Crisis

If it hadn't been so hot, Italians might have noticed that a new government —their 25th since 1943 — had been sworn in somewhere in the middle of last week. If it had been a new government, that is. As it was, Dio mio, there wasn't much to notice except the hottest summer in a decade. And storm warnings that a full-scale political crisis might be on the way.

Christian Democrat Aldo Moro, 47, the patient bureaucrat, was Prime Minister again. Socialist Pietro Nenni, 73, was Deputy Prime Minister again. In fact, all but two of the 26 Cabinet ministers...

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