To many German Social Democrats it sounds like a monster that will destroy their party if not democracy itself: the GroKo.
A total of 3,480 polling stations opened at 7am on Sunday for Macedonia's local elections, in which some 1.8 million voters will have the right to choose mayors and local councils in 80 municipalities plus the capital, Skopje.
Voters will choose between a total of 260 mayoral candidates for the 81 municipalities until 7pm Sunday, when polling stations close.
BELGRADE - The New Democratic Party, the youngest party on Serbia's political scene, has been renamed the Social Democratic Party (SDS), and Boris Tadic was elected its president.
The party leadership will be known after the party assembly election on October 26, and in the meantime, a request for the name change will be filed to the Ministry of Public Administration.
The Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, and the Social Democratic Party agreed on Sunday to form a city government in the capital, ending a political crisis that threatened new local elections.
Fotis Kouvelis, the head of Democratic Left (DIMAR) who quit the current ruling coalition last June over the closure of former state broadcaster ERT, played down links between his party and former Socialist Premier George Papandreou over the weekend ahead of a scheduled joint appearance by the two men at a book launch in Athens on Monday.
Plans by former prime minister George Papandreou to appear at an Athens book launch on Monday with Fotis Kouvelis, the head of Democratic Left (DIMAR) who quit the current ruling coalition last June over the closure of the then state broadcaster ERT, fuelled criticism on Friday from coalition MPs in both PASOK and New Democracy.