Britain won't be going to the polls next month, but it still looks as if an election can't be long delayed.
Australia's constitution is difficult to amend, and that's not a bad thing. But resistance to change is far from uniform.
Pro-independence forces make gains in New Caledonia, but they do not command a majority and their opponents are moving away from compromise.
British local elections have led the major parties to talk more optimistically about a Brexit deal, but the political dynamics are still against it.
Brexit is back in the House of Commons tonight, with the possibility that the government's loss of control may become permanent.
Britain's House of Commons votes to seize the initiative from the hapless Theresa May, signalling a bad setback for the hard Brexiters.
With Theresa May having failed to extract anything new from negotiations with the EU, Britain could be heading towards a fresh referendum – which would mean a huge disruption to the party system.
While Spain's minority government struggles for survival, the opposition parties have stepped up their rhetorical opposition to anything that smacks of Catalan self-determination.
Theresa May is humiliated but promises to carry on: a result both shocking and utterly predictable.
The Brexit endgame is about to begin, with the British parliament set to reject the prime minister's deal tomorrow.