Carving Up Italy

The Italian political upheaval continues. Mario Segni, the leader of Italy's electoral-reform movement, is looking to form a new, nationwide centrist party as the country heads toward key June municipal elections. At the same time, just-departed Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, once a leading light of the discredited Socialist Party, is sending out feelers about forming a new center-left grouping. But Umberto Bossi, the fiery leader of Northern Italy's Lombard League, appears to be the early winner. The League will likely take over the city government of Milan, Italy's economic capital. Bossi is now trying to expand into the south, which he previously scorned as corrupt and backward.

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