Mexico is a North American federal republic. With a territory covering nearly two million square kilometers, it is the fifth largest American country.
Its population of approximately 120 million makes it the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world. In Mexico, drug trafficking and the ongoing war between the various powerful cartels are major concerns. The drug war which started in 2006 has left tens of thousands of people dead. Recent DW content tagged "Mexico" is compiled on this page.
Since his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump has alternated between a hardline stance against the North American Free Trade Agreement, and a slightly softer tone backing away from destroying the deal. But the newly started talks to renegotiate NAFTA already portend towards a return to a more uncompromising position from the US.
The US Treasury has accused Rafael "Rafa" Marquez of being a "front person" for a notorious drug trafficker. Washington has vowed to assist Mexico in combating influential drug cartels trafficking narcotics into the US.
US President Trump famously railed against the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying it cost thousands of US jobs and caused a trade deficit with Mexico. He's threatened to junk the trade pact if it can't be renegotiated to favor the US. But he's not the only one with little love for NAFTA - Mexican farmers marched through the streets of the capital to protest the deal.
Ten people died in the back of an 18-wheeler they were being smuggled in across the US-Mexico border. It is just the latest in a common occurrence of people risking their lives to escape desperate circumstances.