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Tijuana, on the Mexico-US border

Tijuana, on the Mexico-US border  © Getty Images

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto was due to travel to Washington last week for what promised to be a very difficult encounter with Donald Trump. Now President Trump has said there is no point in holding a meeting unless Mexico agrees to pay for a wall between the two countries. The episode is a stark reminder that we have to take Mr Trump seriously — and that starts with Mr Nieto.

The US is the destination for $236bn worth of Mexican exports — with a trade surplus in Mexico’s favour of almost $60bn — and has been a crucial source of investment in the country. Now this powerful neighbour is flexing its muscles. The question is whether Mexico’s energy riches offer an opportunity for a less one-sided deal. Read more

The fate of proposals to reform the Mexican oil and gas industry, now being considered by the country’s lawmakers, matters well beyond Mexico itself. The outcome could reshape the energy sector in a number of important countries. Read more