Italy: Politics Is His Business

The Milanese are the go-getters of Italy. From the lowliest shopkeeper to the wealthiest industrialist, they are so proud of the industrial glories of their fast-growing city that some of them talk facetiously of a "republic of Milan." An Italian magazine recently suggested that the republic already had its first ambassador to the U.S. He is wiry, sharp-faced Piero Bassetti, who, at 34, not only runs his family's sizable, 140-year-old textile business, but also is one of Italy's most active and controversial politicians. As a member of Milan's city council and the city assessor, Bassetti is a chief mover behind...

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