Historic Compromise

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Aldo Moro, the "inventor" of the Compromise.

In Italian history, the Historic Compromise (Italian: Compromesso storico) was an accommodation between the Christian Democrats (DC) and the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in the 1970s, after the latter embraced eurocommunism under Enrico Berlinguer. The 1978 kidnapping and murder of DC leader Aldo Moro put an end to the Compromesso storico. Norberto Bobbio was a prominent intellectual supporter of the accommodation.


Since the middle of the 1990s until 2008, most communists and former communists, many socialists, and many former members of the DC co-operated in the coalitions "The Olive Tree" and its successor "The Union". The Democratic Party considers itself continuing in the tradition of the compromise.

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