Leaders of the former East German communist party met Saturday to discuss a possible alliance before expected autumn elections with a new party critical of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's reform drive.
The Party of Democratic Socialism, formerly communist, said it plans to cooperate with the new Election Alternative _ Work and Social Justice party, raising the prospect of a challenge from the left to the German leader.
However, PDS chief Lothar Bisky acknowledged before Saturday's meeting in Berlin that some of his members oppose a link up, which still needs approval from both parties.
Opinion polls suggest that the alliance could clear the 5 percent of the total vote needed to enter the German lower house of parliament, and drain left-wing votes from Schroeder's Social Democrats, who currently trail far behind the conservative opposition.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities