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Mexico Malaise: Democracy Lessons For Pena Nieto From Brazil And Chile

The government's failure to address crime, corruption and declining living standards risks true social upheaval. But Enrique Pena Nieto just sits on the ball.

Rally against Pena Nieto in Mexico City
Rally against Pena Nieto in Mexico City
Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — In politics, as in life, timing is everything. As Saint Augustine reflected in the fifth century, time is present with us in three ways: It's the present that's being lived, the past now being remembered, and the future for which we currently have expectations. The problem these days is that present, past and future have become compressed into a much shorter time period, giving rise to that most modern concept — timing — which is now a critical factor in decision making and money management.

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Ukrainian protestors stand at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to mark Vyshyvanka Day, an International day to celebrate Ukrainian heritage and traditions

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Bertrand Hauger.

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Welcome to Friday, where Russia intensifies shelling in eastern Ukraine, Biden lands in South Korea, and a Mercedes becomes the most expensive car ever sold. Meanwhile, for German daily die Welt, Cosima Lutz explores the sizzling question of the skyrocketing price of cooking oils.

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