The World: Nearer the Historic Compromise

Was it a step toward the "historic compromise" that Italy's Communists have long dreamed of—a coalition government that could lead to all-out Communist control? Or was it merely a temporary liaison—a "seaside compromise," as some Italians were calling it?

After 14 weeks and 61 formal sessions, the country's major parties had reached an agreement for a common program to reinforce Premier Giulio Andreotti's minority government. The Christian Democrats were relieved to have their tenuous hold on power strengthened, and the Communists were pleased because the deal gave them a formal voice in government...

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