In early June, Europe had to digest the results of the European Parliament elections - and choke down some pretty nasty clumps.
It's evident a week after President Juan Manuel Santos won re-election with 51 percent of the vote that his government's peace negotiations with the FARC, in progress for 18 months, will be continuing.
"The subjugation of democratic process to the markets was the reason why we have the crisis today...we predicted from the onset...that austerity-based policies would backfire."
The leader of the Ukrainian Communist Party, Petro Symonenko, was the target of a murder attempt by far-right militiamen on 16th May in Kiev.
During the week ending on May 25, voters in the 28 countries of the European Union voted for members of the 766-member European Parliament.
This is the first time since India won independence in 1947 that a rightist party has won a clear majority in parliament.
A new R1-trillion [$96 billion] economic and social infrastructure program aims to transform many poor areas by building new roads, rail links, ports, universities and schools.
On Sunday, voters in Panama upset the predictions of pollsters by electing dissident Vice President Juan Carlos Varela, of the Panameñista Party, as their new president.
This election is largely a contest of powerful business tycoons who made their fortunes out of the breakup of the old Soviet Union and the privatization of state enterprises that followed.
The right wing Union for a Popular Movement declared victory and the far right National Front surged.