If the brouhaha surrounding the distribution of political offices in Copenhagen City Council was your cup of coffee, then I would suggest Egedal as a delightful avec.
Egedal is a merger of the existing Stenløse, Ølstykke and Ledøje-Smørum communes to the west of Copenhagen. All are relatively cozy, suburban – or perhaps rather: sub-sub-urban – and very middle-class communities that have been governed by Liberal or Conservative mayors.
As a consequence, the political and administrative fusion of the units was not an easy process.
At the local elections, the Liberal Party won 10 out of 27 seats in the new local council, the Conservatives 8, the Social Democrats 5, the Socialist People’s Party 2 and the Social Liberal Party and Danish People’s Party 1 each. The outgoing mayors – Willy Eliasen (Lib, Stenløse), Sven Kjærgaard (Lib, Ølstykke) and Jens Jørgen Nygaard (Cons, Ledøje-Smørum) – attracted most personal votes (See this pdf-document for precise information) and as it turned out, internal conflicts within the factions of the Liberal party triggered a dramatic end to the process of electing a new mayor and distributing committee chairmanships.
According to reports, the mayor of Stenløse, Willy Eliasen, originally managed to reach an agreement with the Social Democrats that would make him the chairman of the transitional authority and eventual mayor of the new Egedal Commune. Not all Liberal councillors were happy with the distribution of portfolios in the new local council, however.
At the first meeting of the new local council Eliasen faced an open rebellion from four Liberals and one Social Democrat, and in the end Sven Kjærgaard of Ølstykke was elected mayor with the support of the Conservatives and the single DPP councillor.
What is worth noticing is that the Liberal and Social Democratic defectors all came from the old communes of Ledøje-Smørum and Ølstykke. Obviously the local Liberal Party organisation had failed to manage conflicts between the old units. A local newspaper even reports that the Liberal Interior Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, was called in in an attempt to mediate between the factions but failed.
Added on 2005-12-10: The Danish national newspaper Politiken has published an article with more of the sordid details. Enjoy.