What Mexico and the US need to learn from Europe after 1990
Larry Rohter writes about Mexico and the US in the New York Times today,
Today, like it or not, the two countries are bound together inextricably in ways that would have been unthinkable during my time here. There is an old expression here, originally applied to economics and trade, that says â€œwhen the United States sneezes, Mexico catches cold.â€ The events of the last month suggest that the reverse may also be literally true. Or, as Jorge CastaÃ±eda, a former foreign minister who now teaches at New York University, put it: When it comes to living together, â€œMexico has no choice, and Washington has no choice, period.â€
This seems a fairly obvious point. However, it is underappreciated in policy circles of both countries. Mexican and US policy makers need to push their historical pet grievances to the side, spend more time studying the integration of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and other Central and Eastern European countries into the European Union to figure out, how to move foreward. What is really needed to make this possible?