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?
Former minister David Kemp undertakes an ambitious history of Australian liberalism. Can it tell us something about today's Liberal Party?
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.
Your weekly reading suggestions that come every three weeks. Lots of good stuff here.
Europe's only remaining grand duchy holds elections on Sunday, with the centre-right aiming to regain power.
Should we be as concerned about the far left as we are about the far right? Perhaps not, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to worry about.