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‘Years of Lead’ Haunt Italian Election as Political Street Skirmishes Return

Italy has had 64 governments since the World War II and many more prime ministers, but even by its own chaotic standards the country is mired in one of the most divisive and increasingly violent parliamentary elections in recent years. Rising political violence has prompted comparisons to the 1970s and early 1980s  — the "Years of Lead," as they were known — when the country was engulfed in political and social turmoil and buffeted by domestic terrorism launched by...

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