Nicholas Sarkozy goes on trial in France, in a case that raises questions about how we treat ex-presidents and what we really think about political corruption.
All the signs are that Joe Biden will be the next American president. That won't solve all of the problems that have got things to this point, but at least it's a start.
Queensland goes to the polls on Saturday, with its Labor government looking in a good but not unassailable position for re-election.
New Zealand is set to re-elect its centre-left government on Saturday, this time without its troublesome "populist" coalition partner.
Greece's Golden Dawn is found to be a criminal organisation after a drawn-out trial of its leaders. There's a lesson there for the rest of us.
The Spanish courts take a hand again on the Catalan issue, making compromise less likely and adding to the woes of the embattled prime minister.
Italy went to the polls at the weekend for a referendum and a number of regional elections. Results are mixed, but from the government's point of view could have been a lot worse.
The Polish government is in crisis after its animal welfare legislation won more support from the opposition than from its own coalition partners.
Japan's new prime minister, like most of his predecessors, is the choice of party factions rather than any sort of popular process. But public discontent rarely goes to the lengths of putting a different party in government.
A cabinet crisis in New South Wales demonstrates some truths about how responsible government works. It also shows that coalition politics in Australia is not quite what it seems.