ITALY: Tottering Once More at the Edge

The Communists are pushing again, and now they have help

Premier Giulio Andreotti's minority Christian Democratic Cabinet had suddenly stalled. Its parliamentary pact with other parties was in disarray. An all-out general strike, threatened by the unions, held the possibility of toppling the government altogether. And a swelling chorus of leftist parties, led by the Communists, was demanding the formation of an all-party "emergency government." As the Italian Socialist Party newspaper Avanti! warned: "The countdown against Andreotti has begun. " From Rome last week TIME Bureau Chief Jordan Bonfante cabled this...

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