Italy: Rumor Has It Again

After one of the longest political crises in its postwar history, Italy last week had a government again. It was headed by Mariano Rumor, the same man who 32 days earlier had seen his coalition of Socialists and Christian Democrats fall apart (TIME, July 18). Un able to reconstruct the old relationship because of a schism among the Socialists, Rumor this time built a monocolore, or one-party government from his own Christian Democrats.

It is not the soundest government that Italy has ever had. It commands no majority in the Chamber of Deputies and must rely on its former Socialist...

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