Economic Reforms and U.S. Ties Cool Mexico’s Relations With Brazil

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during the official welcoming ceremony, Mexico City, Mexico, May 25, 2015 (Official photo of the Presidency of Brazil by Roberto Stuckert Filho).
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during the official welcoming ceremony, Mexico City, Mexico, May 25, 2015 (Official photo of the Presidency of Brazil by Roberto Stuckert Filho).
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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hosted his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, in Mexico City late last month, where the two leaders signed an economic accord aimed at doubling trade volumes by 2025. They also talked about Brazil’s scandal-ridden state-owned oil giant Petrobras partnering with the Mexican oil company Pemex, as Mexico’s liberalized energy market opens up to joint ventures. Pena Nieto and Rousseff, who have a history of cool personal ties, finally seemed to be coming together. But when it came to speaking about the state of relations between their two countries, they were not on the same page. Pena […]

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