Brazil v Mexico

Latin America's Economic Derby

As Brazil takes on Mexico in the second round of Group A fixtures in the football World Cup, few eyes will be on the countries’ head-to-head economic battle. But while the Seleção are hot favourites to beat their Latin American rivals on the pitch, Mexico is in the ascendency when it comes to economics. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is facing increased pressure from her electorate for radical reforms, the like of which the Mexican government has been implementing over the past few years. Brazilian World Cup glory could provide Dilma with a short-term popularity bounce but with elections looming in October, she faces a battle for her political future.

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