ITALY: In Cold Blood

"My God," gasped one awed Deputy after Premier Giulio Andreotti, 53, had outlined for the Italian Parliament what he expected from his new government. "That wasn't a program for a beach government. That wasn't even a program for a whole [fiveyear] parliamentary period. That was a program for two Parliaments."

So it appeared. A "beach government," in Italy's cyclical political crises, is one formed to last for the summer vacation, when politicians traditionally join their families at the seashore. Some expected Andreotti's coalition of Christian Democrats, Social Democrats and Liberals to be...