On July 1, Mexico will hold elections for president and for the 128 seat Senate and 500 seat Chamber of Deputies.
In a way, it's a "good news" and "bad news" angle.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, the Left Front's candidate in the recent presidential elections in France, has announced he will run as a candidate.
Voters rejected political parties that have pushed for austerity, and voted in lawmakers who campaigned for policies of economic stimulus and growth.
Germany's energetic young party, the Pirates, held its party congress last weekend in the northern town of Neumünster. The media overflowed with reports, almost uniformly friendly.