Spain: Struggle for Freedom

The most talked-about subject in Spain last week was something that did not happen: the failure of the Cabinet to pass a bill that would at last grant a measure of religious freedom to Spain's tiny non-Catholic minority. The reason that the non-passage caused such a furor is that the religion issue is the focal point of a struggle between government factions about how fast and how far Spain's new trend toward liberalization should go.

Generalissimo Francisco Franco, 74, who is trying to reform his autocratic regime into a more normal form of...

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