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Mexican presidential frontrunner spells tension for U.S.–Mexico ties

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador presidential candidate of Mexico talks during the XVI edition of the National Forum of Tourism at Chapultepec Castle on May 07, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, presidential candidate of Mexico, talks during the XVI edition of the National Forum of Tourism in Mexico City on May 7, 2018. Photo: Carlos Tischler via Getty Images

Mexico elects its next president on July 1, and if present polls hold, the populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador — the former leftist mayor of Mexico City and twice-defeated presidential candidate known as “AMLO” — will prevail.

Why it matters: AMLO’s is a decidedly "Mexico First" agenda. AMLO, if he is elected, and Trump would be natural antagonists, but enablers as well, as each would fit the other’s vision of the bilateral relationship. 

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May avoids taking U.K.–Russia clash to the soccer field

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge in London. Abramovich, a Russian oligarch, is reported to have a friendly relationship with President Putin. Photo: Clive Rose via Getty Images

Prime Minister Theresa May's expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats sent a strong message to Russia after its nerve-agent attack on British soil earlier this month. She has refrained, however, from bringing the dispute to one of the largest world stages: the soccer field.

Why it matters: Boycotting the FIFA World Cup in Moscow this June is arguably the most powerful symbolic retaliation Britain could take against Russia. But there may simply be too much money and public emotion invested for May to do so.