SPAIN: Communists Out in the Open

"The [Civil] War is history," said Spain's Communist Party Boss Santiago Carrillo. He was addressing the party's 152-member Central Committee, which last week met on Spanish soil for the first time in 38 years. In perhaps his most daring move since becoming head of Spain's second post-Franco government nine months ago, reform-minded Premier Adolfo Suarez had legalized the Communist Party, declaring it qualified to participate in the national elections set last week for June 15.

News of the party's legalization was so unexpected that Radio Nacional's announcer actually sputtered the words of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!