Coming this spring: 5 big, bleak votes around the world

Putin and Berlusconi in Crimea in 2015. Photo: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

I've always considered cynicism the tool that lazy people use to appear sophisticated. But it’s hard not to smirk at the world’s five big votes scheduled for the spring.

See for yourself, starting with an election in Italy that is just two weeks away: