Italy: Carbonara Copy

Once more, with feeling

Having seen 41 governments come and go in the past 37 years, Italians are pretty blasé about their politics. Still, those who took time off from their vacations last week to glance at a newspaper were not quite prepared for the official photograph of their new government. Man for man and portfolio for portfolio, it consisted of the same 28 ministers who had posed for the ritual picture in June 1981. True, Prime Minister Giovanni Spadolini appeared to have put on a few pounds, and Treasury Minister Benjamino Andreatta had shifted from the far left to the...

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