ITALY: De Gasperi Resigns

Some sort of shake-up in Italy's government seemed inevitable as a result of the recent elections in which the Reds held their own, and right-wing parties made substantial gains (TIME, June 11). The big question: Could Christian Democrat Alcide de Gasperi trim his sails to the new winds merely by reshuffling his cabinet, or would his coalition government collapse after 5½ years of rule? Last week Treasury Minister Giuseppe Pella resigned because of opposition from both extreme right and extreme left to his anti-inflationary budget plan. When Pella refused to reconsider, all the other cabinet ministers handed in their...

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