ITALY: The Big Sting

After 36 governments in 31 years, Italians are understandably skeptical about the urgency of Cabinet changes.

But when a political crisis coincides with an economic crisis, reports TIME'S Rome Bureau Chief Jordan Bonfante, indifference disappears. Last week President Giovanni Leone undertook ritualistic consultations toward the formation of a government to succeed the fallen center-left coalition of Premier Mariano Rumor.

Leone, as a starting point, requested Senate President Giovanni Spagnolli to determine whether a new center-left coalition could be organized under another Premier. At the same time, Fiat, the flywheel of Italy's long-running...

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