Communism: Divorce, Italian-Style

Arrivederci, comrades

Not since Mao Tse-tung's China broke with Moscow in 1960 had the Communist world been rocked by such a bitter and open feud. To Soviet accusations of "slander" and "sacrilege," the Italian Communist Party (P.C.I.) last week responded with charges that the Kremlin was "authoritarian," "erratic" and bent on the "mortification of national sentiments and sovereignty." By week's end many observers believed that a complete break between the two parties might ensue.

The divorce has long been in the making. The independent-minded Italians have been at odds with the Kremlin ever...

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