Up with ... Fascists?

Italian voters reject the corrupt, long-entrenched centrists and turn to extremists of the right and left

The rumors of Federico Fellini's death must have been exaggerated. Surely the wildly contradictory results of last week's municipal elections were the surreal creation of Italy's most imaginative film director. Disgusted with 40 years of corrupt governments dominated by centrist parties, voters opted for the extremes -- recycled communists, neofascists, northern separatists -- signaling the end of one era while giving no clue to the direction of the new one. The defeat of the mainstream parties seems likely to be repeated when Italians elect a new national Parliament next year. Wrote Eugenio Scalfari, editor of the Rome daily La Repubblica: "A...

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