ITALY: Neo-Fascism on Trial

Fascism is on the ropes—again.

In last year's general election, Italy's far-right parliamentary party, the M.S.I. (Italian Social Movement), amassed 3,000,000 votes and captured 56 of the 630 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. Based on that showing, M.S.I, could proudly describe itself as Italy's fourth largest party. Since then, party leaders have even claimed that M.S.I, has kept the centrist government of Giulio Andreotti afloat by providing a critical margin of votes in close parliamentary tests. Today, however, M.S.I, is fighting for its very existence. Its leader, Deputy Giorgio Almirante,...

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