Brazil and Mexico's Coming Feud
Mexico and Brazil have a long-simmering rivalry, each aspiring to lead Latin America. Now, as two strong-willed outsiders take office as president in each country, tensions that have been more or less innocuous could escalate, with negative consequences for the entire region.
Consider the passive-aggressive diplomatic game Mexico and Brazil have often played. In global forums, each rarely votes in favor of the other: Brazil endorsed Franceâs Christine Lagarde over Mexicoâs Agustin Carstens for the International Monetary Fund; Brazilâs Roberto Azevedo bested Mexicoâs Herminio Blanco in a tight race for the top job at the World Trade Organization. Mexico routinely balks at Brazilâs ambition for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Economically, each touts its economic path as superior: Mexico favoring a trade-heavy, U.S.-dependent, manufacturing-driven model; Brazil following a more commer cially closed and state-led approach. The veiled sniping bursts out in the open on the soccer field, adding a nationalist spin to every shot on goal in the contests between the two national teams.
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