Tunisia's democracy remains intact, with a conservative law professor and a populist media baron winning through to the second round of the presidential election.
The year's second Israeli election is to be held tomorrow, with the issues substantially unchanged from the first one. A dominant far right deals with an assortment of challengers plus its own internal divisions.
Plans are again afoot within the Australian government to try to cripple the democratic nature of the Senate. But there is an alternative direction that reform could take.
It's a day for commemoration, since this is our thousandth blog post, and a murder in central France 600 years ago should not be forgotten.
Britain won't be going to the polls next month, but it still looks as if an election can't be long delayed.
Italy gets a new government (with its old prime minister), as the centre-left links up with the populists, but Spain seems unable to pull off the same deal.
Apologies for the short blogging hiatus. Back next week, with the latest on politics, elections and the Hundred Years War.
Elections in two German states this weekend provide another opportunity for pundits to fret about the rise of the far right. So far, however, the centre-right is holding firm.
An ominous anniversary in Europe, in a year rather full of them. There may still be lessons to learn.
The paradox of David Koch, who died last week, is that his political activism ended up empowering forces that were deeply hostile to his libertarian convictions.