Italy: No. 33

Since the end of the Fascist era 27 years ago, the Italians have had a new government on the average of every 9.8 months. But now the pace is quickening. Government No. 32, which was headed by Christian Democrat Mariano Rumor, lasted a mere 100 days. Last week former Treasury Minister Emilio Colombo, another Christian Democrat, had barely formed Government No. 33 before many Italian politicians were predicting that it would fall almost as fast.

The current cause of Italy's political crisis is a bitter dispute between the moderate Social Democrats and the left-leaning Socialists. They are both members of...

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