Communists Out in the Open

April 1977
Time;4/25/1977, Vol. 109 Issue 17, p63
The article discusses the issues surrounding the legalization of the Communist Party in Spain. Premier Adolfo Suarez has declared the party as a qualified participant in the country's national elections. The legalization was positively accepted by left and center politicians, who viewed Suarez's action as an indicator for democracy. The author noted that King Juan Carlos and Suarez had their own reasons for lifting the ban on communists, one of which, is the perception of Western European nations that an election without communist participation is regarded as a farce. Another reason is that Spain wanted closer economic and political relationship with the European community. However, right-wing politicians were not in favor of the legalization, including protests from the armed forces.


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