What his successor does at the helm matters more than the eventual announcement regarding Chavez's status.
The latest round of talks suggests a possible break in the decadelong trend of dead-end negotiations.
Russian energy imports could help China diversify its energy supply lines and support its plans for interior development.
The growth of the Five Star Movement threatens Italy's political elite.
While Tunis has hit a political stalemate, the Muslim Brotherhood government in Cairo has forged ahead.
The future of the European Union depends on Paris and Berlin renegotiating their alliance.
The unintended consequences of French operations in Mali have yet to be fully realized.
The president's return to Caracas may signal he has taken a turn for the worse.