Italy: Epitaph for the Apertura

Italy last week had a Premier, but no leader, a Cabinet, but no effective government, and a Parliament that may well be dissolved without passing a single significant law. The nation faced the prospect of political turmoil unmatched since the Communist bid for power was turned back in 1948. Shut tight was the risky apertura a sinistra (opening to the left), with no new apertura in sight in any particular direction.

Broad Jump. The left-center opening was created 17 months ago by left-wing Christian Democrats in alliance with Pietro Nenni's Socialists and with the tacit consent of the Vatican. The...

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