Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Identity problem

Establishing a country's identity is a big deal.

Name Change Is Suggested for Other ‘U.S.’
With just over a week left in office, the president of Mexico has offered perhaps the boldest proposal of his six-year tenure. He wants Mexico to just be “Mexico.”

The formal name of the country is Estados Unidos Mexicanos, often translated as “United Mexican States” or “United States of Mexico.”

It is the “Estados Unidos” that nags at President Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa… and he wants it out, once and for all. It happens to be the Spanish name of the big neighbor up north…

Now it is time, [Calderón] said, for Mexico to step out of the shadow of the United States, at least in name.

“Mexico does not need a name that emulates another country and that none of us Mexicans use every day,” he said Thursday at a morning announcement at the presidential residence…

Making it so, however, will take a constitutional change…

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