New Caledonia votes against independence, but the narrowness of the margin suggests that there is plenty of life left in the issue.
A new nation in Oceania is unlikely to emerge just yet, but Sunday's vote in New Caledonia will be an important step towards deciding the territory's future.
Ireland strikes a blow for freedom of speech, despite an unfortunate precedent from the European Court of Human Rights.
The state of Hesse in western Germany produces another very bad result for the major parties, although the state government looks to have narrowly hung on.
Now if ever seems to be the time for a new popular front. Can liberals, social democrats and Marxists manage to work together?
Victoria's Daniel Andrews is not alone in tangling with a police investigation into the misuse of parliamentary staff.
Brexit uncertainty continues even as its deadlines loom closer. Can some lessons be learned from the great nineteenth century political battle over repeal of the Corn Laws?
If we assume that the political extremes are equally dangerous in principle, are there still good practical reasons to worry about one more than the other? I think there are.
Luxembourg's coalition government retains its majority, although the traditional centre-left and centre-right parties both do badly.
Bavaria's centre-right government loses its majority in an election that shows big changes in party support. There may be wider lessons for Germany and the world.