ITALY: Put Out More Flags

Outside the shabby Rome headquarters of Italy's Catholic labor confederation CISL, a bright new Italian flag flapped in the whipping April breeze. Inside the building the union's tough, tubby Secretary-General Giulio Pastore was accepting congratulations. "Once," grinned Pastore, "I vowed that the flag would not fly in front of this building until we controlled an absolute majority of Italian union members. But today I changed my mind."

Giulio Pastore was celebrating last week's shop-steward elections at Fiat, Italy's biggest industrial combine (automobiles, aircraft, refrigerators) and the factory cradle of Italian Communism. A decade ago, when...

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