• Short Summary

    In his opening address to the Italian Communist Party's Fourteenth Congress in Rome on Tuesday (18 March), the party's secretary, Signor Enrico Berlinguer, called for an "historic compromise" with other political forces to win a role in the country's Government.

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    In his opening address to the Italian Communist Party's Fourteenth Congress in Rome on Tuesday (18 March), the party's secretary, Signor Enrico Berlinguer, called for an "historic compromise" with other political forces to win a role in the country's Government.

    Signor Berlinguer -- addressing the 1,124 delegates elected by the party's 115 federal congresses -- said such a compromise, especially with the ruling Christian Democrats, was essential to the country's future.

    "In Italy, to save democracy," he said, "great struggles are necessary. Because narrow but powerful and aggressive political and economic groups are opposed to this renewal ... of society and of public life ... it is indispensable to isolate them and see that they have no mass base."
    Signor Berlinguer was attempting to secure grass-roots support for his compromise plan -- the ultimate goal of which is to gain Communist membership in a coalition "national" Government as a prelude to taking over total control.

    He also is trying to gain Government support for his proposal by suggestions that the Communists would "observe the rules of parliamentary democracy" and even tolerate Italian membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO).

    The Italian Communist Party had 1,657,895 registered members at the end of last year. In the most recent national election in May of 1972, it won more than 27 percent of the total vote and is the second biggest party after the Christian Democrats. It also is the largest Communist Party in the West.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACWOI7UY7KYRQK2UC6QVMW0JGD
    Media URN:
    VLVACWOI7UY7KYRQK2UC6QVMW0JGD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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