ITALY: Symptoms of Malaise

If the issues were not so serious, Italy's parliamentary election campaign this spring might rank as one of the year's more memorable real-life dramas of the absurd.

An alltime record of 82 parties have nominated candidates for the May elections, which President Giovanni Leone has called a year ahead of schedule after Giulio Andreotti's failure to form yet another center-left coalition government (TIME. Feb. 21). The parties range from far left to far right (one is even called the National Reactionary Movement), but some are a bit difficult to categorize ideologically. In...

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