Italian Election

Archive Report

East-West Conflict and Italian Election

Crucial Character of Electoral Decision in Italy

When italian voters go to the polls on Sunday, Apr. 18, to elect the first parliament of the new republic,1 they will make a political decision of far more than domestic significance. The coming election, in fact, is of the highest international importance, for the political contest in Italy has become a crucial factor in the struggle between the Soviet Union and the western powers. Its outcome may determine whether the tide of Soviet expansion is to engulf all of Europe or to be held at the present Baltic-Adriatic line. It may even determine the issue of peace or war.

If the Communists should gain control of the government at Rome and convert Italy into ...

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