THE NATIONS: Bridge Out

Italy's studious Premier Alcide de Gasperi gave other Europeans a lesson on how to face an issue. In a two-hour speech to the Senate last week, he closed a furious week-long debate on foreign policy by aligning his country squarely behind the Atlantic Treaty. He made no concessions to either the 67 Communist Senators, who jeered as he spoke, or wavering members of his own party who are still afraid of provoking the Russians. He said:

". . . I do not believe in the function of a 'bridge' in the sense that Italy...

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