Russia and Britain, for all their obvious differences, have the same sort of equivocal relationship with Europe: unmistakably European powers, but with interests and traditions that draw them elsewhere.
The psephological year kicks off with presidential elections in Sri Lanka and Croatia, both upset victories by narrow margins.
The successful conduct of an election in Afghanistan provides an interesting counterpoint to Tony Blair's call for a new intervention in Iraq.
India's election result would have looked very different under a proportional system. But in politics, perception quickly becomes reality.
Narendra Modi will lead India with a big parliamentary majority, even though most people voted for someone else. Don't expect the media to tell you such inconvenient truths.
India waits on results after the biggest election in the world's history. Exit polls suggest an opposition landslide, but perhaps shouldn't be taken at face value.
This week in our semi-regular roundup: news from Serbia, Slovakia, El Salvador, Maldives and Algeria.
The Maldives Supreme Court has taken a hand in tomorrow's legislative election by sacking the heads of the Electoral Commission.
The Indian prime minister announces his forthcoming retirement, but this year's election will see his party have trouble extending its ten-year rule.
A review of the year's most interesting elections and whether they show us any general trends.