The executives of Italy's two main parties -- the Christian Democrats and Communists -- met separately in Rome on Wednesday (13 June) to chart ways of recovering from their poor showing in last week's European elections.
GV Italian Prime Minister Guilio Andriotti and delegates seated at conference table
SV PAN Officials seated at conference table
CU Andreotti talking to party members (2 shots)
GV Secretary-General of Communist Party Berlingeur entering.....room and talks to executive members
SV & MV Party members talking and reading documents (4 shots)
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Background: The executives of Italy's two main parties -- the Christian Democrats and Communists -- met separately in Rome on Wednesday (13 June) to chart ways of recovering from their poor showing in last week's European elections. The Christian Democrats vote dropped to thirty-five and a half percent, their lowest in a national election since 1946. The Communists scored less than thirty percent of a very high poll, to take twenty four of the eighty-one Italian seats in the European Parliament.
SYNOPSIS: The Christian Democrat leader and caretaker Prime Minister, Guilio Andreotti, presided over the party meeting. Their thirty-eight percent of the vote in the national elections was less than they had forecast, and they lost nine seats in the Lower House, the Chamber of Deputies. Although unhappy with these results, they remain the country's largest party. They're aware that the Social Democrats, who won ten percent of the vote, can make or break whatever government they try to put together. The Social Democrats now have to be wooed into joining a coalition government with the Christian Democrats, or supporting them in parliament. During the campaign, the Social Democrats vowed not to enter into such a coalition.
The Secretary-General of the Communist Party, Signor Enrico Berlingeur, has his problems. The Christian Democrats are determined to keep the Communists out of ....government, and the Communists say they will not back any parliamentary government they don't belong to. With two hundred and one Deputies, and one hundred and nine Senators, the Communists are Italy's second-largest party, though the election cost them a total of thirty-three seats in both Houses. Many younger voters, whose anti-establishment learnings earned the Communists, votes in earlier elections, this time voted instead for the Radicals and Democratic Proletarians.