Ever wonder about the purpose of those international "credit rating agencies" such as Moody's, Standard and Poor's and Fitch?
There is good news for France's new Socialist Party President, Francois Hollande.
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.
The radical Left Front's presidential candidate has gained in opinion polls, a result that would see him take the third spot in the first of the two round vote.
Evidence continues to mount that the Conservative Party of Canada, borrowing from the U.S. Republican Party, committed widespread electoral fraud to win the 2011 elections.
The United States and Mexico have not been the only places where the right wing has committed electoral fraud to win elections.