SPAIN: Democracy v. Authority

A generational quarrel over liberalizing the party

"If the party thinks I should stay on, I will again accept that responsibility. But if the party believes that the role should go to someone else, I will return to the base, my party card in my pocket, and work once again as a militant for the victory of socialism and of Communism."

For Santiago Carrillo, 63, secretary-general of the Spanish Communist Party (P.C.E.) for the past 18 years and Moscow's least favorite Eurocommunist, any imminent return to the ranks was unlikely, as his re-election at week's end proved without question. But those...

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