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Pena Nieto's first summit


It's possible to read too much in photos from a summit that took place half a world away. President Enrique Pena Nieto attended a summit of Latin and European leaders over the weekend in Santiago, Chile. But I must say, I was struck with the body language seen in some of the photos. Pena Nieto seemed completely at ease with Cuban leader Raul Castro in the photo above. Someone seems to have told a good joke.

BILATERAL MEXICO ARGENTINA 1These photos are handouts from the Mexican presidency.

In contrast, both Pena Nieto and Argentine leader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner seem very formal and slightly uncomfortable in the handout photo. It's not like they don't know each other. Pena Nieto visited Argentina last fall before taking office as part of a swing through South America. Language is not a barrier for the two.

Language might be the reason why Pena Nieto and German Chancellor Angela Merkel seem rather ho-hum in this photo. Merkel looks like she knows she's meeting one of those Latin American presidents but can't quite place him. 


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pink schnoid

Mexico has always been friendly with Cuba, but still, look at Miento trying to look both cute AND intelligent....sorry, Mr President, it is an impossible task for you...you can fool a portion of the pueblo, but surely the world leaders know the score...Presidente Pelele

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