Mexico Front-Runner’s Ambitious Plan Depends on ‘Economizer-in-Chief’

Mexico’s leading presidential candidate has a daunting challenge that keeps his would-be finance minister awake at night: find some $20 billion every year to step up social spending and public investment without raising taxes or debt.

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Merkel Outlines Plan to Overhaul EU

The German chancellor outlined proposals for overhauling and strengthening the architecture of the European Union, including combining nations’ defense capabilities and building a common investment fund for the eurozone.

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Iraq Kingmaker’s Daunting Task: Lift the Poor of Sadr City

The sprawling Sadr City slum helped deliver a surprising victory in Iraqi elections for cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the son of the man who gave the Baghdad neighborhood its name. Now, Mr. Sadr’s alliance faces a tough task: Carrying out his lofty promises of change for the urban poor.

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