Two elections held at the weekend provide an interesting angle on how democracies respond to crisis.

The first, in the Czech Republic, was on Saturday. Czechs have been in a state of intermittent political crisis since the last election, in 2006, produced a tie between left and right. The conservatives eventually managed to form a government, but that fell on a vote of confidence more than a year ago and for the past few months the country has been run by a bipartisan government of technocrats.