Italy: Once Again at the Brink

Cranky voters deal the Christian Democrats a surprising blow

With the notable exception of the Communists, Italy's fractious political parties had good reason to regret last week's national elections, if only because the results left the country more difficult to govern than ever. The last parliament produced six coalition governments in four years. As if they had been asked once too often to settle such incessant power struggles, the electorate this time delivered what amounted to a stunning protest against the government. The major victims of the voters' pique were the Christian Democrats,...

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