Courtesy Reuters

THE April 18 elections in Italy were a referendum for and against Communism, the Marshall Plan and collaboration with the western world. A large majority of the Italian people chose the democratic western course. They were voting for a way of life, not primarily for a political party, but, since the de Gasperi Government embodied the only force which could make this choice effective, they tended to vote for the Christian Democratic Party which is the basis of that Government.[i] Many who do not much favor the Christian Democrats cast their votes for the Catholic Party because they wished to see

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