Fiat's Right Turn

In nearly two decades as chief executive of auto giant Fiat, Cesare Romiti has earned a reputation as Italy's toughest boss. But neither Romiti's legendary fights with Fiat's feisty unions nor his marketplace brawls with such rivals as Volkswagen and Peugeot could have prepared him for what associates say has been the most difficult decision of his long career: going before Italian magistrates in Milan on Apr. 21 to detail illegal payments made by Fiat to leading Italian politicians and their parties.

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