ITALY: Communists and Crisis

Berlinguer 's party stands poised for a dreaded role in government

The sounds and signals were only too familiar: scare headlines screaming from the Italian newspapers, angry demonstrators on the march, and the spectacle of grim-faced political leaders huddling long into the night. Yet the storm gathering force last week in Italy was more ominous than any of the change-of-government crises that have preceded it—on the average of one every ten months since 1946. Amid the worst violence to erupt in the country in five years, the 18-month-old minority government of Premier Giulio...

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