ITALY: The Tuscan Pony v. the Communists

At 67, jaunty, combative Amintore Fanfani is one of Italy's heartiest political perennials and the country's most controversial politician. A four-time Premier, he has since 1973 been secretary of the Christian Democratic Party, which has ruled Italy for 30 years. For his pugnacious leadership and almost baronial control of the party's vast machinery and patronage, he has sometimes been called, both inside and outside the party, il Padrino—the Godfather—of Italian politics.

Next month some 40 million Italians will vote in regional elections that, with considerable help from Fanfani, have taken on the...

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