The World: Campaigning with the Party Boss

Two days after he kicked off the Communists'campaign in Rome, Party Leader Enrico Berlinguer headed out to the provinces. Instead of a prepared speech, the rally format called for Berlinguer to answer questions from the audience—a novelty in Italian politics. Explained one of Berlinguer's aides: "We want to get out from under the whole style of emotional propaganda and ready-made phrases and instead, reason with the people." TIME'S Rome bureau chief Jordan Bonfante followed Berlinguer on his first day on the hustings. His report:

The day began like any other for Berlinguer when...

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