SPAIN: Franco's Gray Men

In Spain the generations are separated not by a gap but a chasm. There seems to be no bridge at all between those Spaniards born after the Civil War, who hope to slowly modernize the country, and those born before it, who adhere to the rigid ideals of 81-year-old Dictator Francisco Franco. In the wake of the assassination of President Luis Carrero Blanco by Basque extremists last month, the chasm seems likely to grow wider still.

Carrero's successor, Carlos Arias Navarro, last week drastically reshuffled the Cabinet, throwing out the technocrats in favor of men, mostly in their 50s and 60s,...

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