ITALY: What Future?

The Communists are fretful

It has been a rough month for Enrico Berlinguer and his Italian Communist Party. Losing ground for the first time since World War II, the P.C.I, saw its popular vote slip by 4% in the June 3 general elections; a week later the party dropped another 750,000 votes in elections for the new European Parliament. The downward trend continued last week in Berlinguer's native Sardinia, where the party polled less than 30% in a regional election. Stunned by these setbacks, the Communists are entering a phase of soul searching and reappraisal.

The main reason for the Communist...

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