The World: Berlinguer: 'We Are Not in a Hurry'

"He's a good comrade, but not very comradely," a Communist official once said of Party Leader Enrico Berlinguer. Reserved and quiet, Berlinguer speaks in a dry, precise manner yet still manages to exude a certain magnetism. He is an anomaly in other ways. Though he leads the largest proletarian party in the West, his fragile hands have rarely been callused by any implement rougher than a sailboat's tiller. The descendant of an aristocratic, landowning Sardinian family, he is married to a practicing Roman Catholic but is an atheist himself.

Communists have little trouble resolving...

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