The polls seem to be swinging back in favour of the Andrews Labor government in Victoria, while in New South Wales it's neck-and-neck.
Martin Schulz has said he'd rather go back into opposition than agree to another grand coalition. But is that sensible?
Angela Merkel must continue to resist the temptation to cede political ground to the populists.
As the leaders of New Zealand's two major parties enter coalition talks with minor parties, a reluctance to cross ideological boundaries could limit their options.