Only two years into his term, Canada's prime minister is chancing his luck, and as usual the electoral system has some tricks up its sleeve.
Russia votes on Sunday to elect another tame parliament for Vladimir Putin, although his party looks like having a reduced majority.
California's governor looks like surviving an attempt to recall him, but the vote casts a light both on some of the state's quirks and on the mania that's taken hold of the Republican Party.
If the polls are right, Norway's Labour Party is set to return to government after eight years in opposition.
Last weekend's coup in Guinea is a lesson in why democratic backsliding should be taken more seriously.
There's a new political crisis in Romania to accompany the existing long-running one in neighboring Bulgaria.
Victoria's Liberal Party dumps its leader and reaches back into its past – a place of dark memories.
Despite staging a successful Olympics, Japan's prime minister decides that his party will be better placed with a new leader for the upcoming election.
Afghanistan isn't the only place where an anti-American autocracy has picked up where it left off. Nicaragua has already been there.
France's two traditional parties are both struggling for relevance as they try to settle on a candidate in advance of next year's presidential election.