Spain's politicians have failed to agree on a new government, sending their country back to the polls. Benjamin Netanyahu could tell them that that's a risky strategy.
Britain's divided House of Commons is unlikely to survive much longer, but a replacement may not end up making things any clearer.
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.
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.
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.
Italy looks to be heading towards a coalition of some sort between the populists and the centre-left. Will Silvio Berlusconi join in?
Britain could be headed for a constitutional crisis that can be likened to that of 1975 in Australia. But the differences are more revealing than the similarities.