1. The government declared that there will be no dialogue with CNTE leaders if schools -mainly in Michoacán, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero- remain closed, affecting the beginning of the school year. President Enrique Peña Nieto affirmed that it is unacceptable for the CNTE to use students as hostages to negotiate on their behalf.
2. Mexico cut its 2016 growth forecast for a second time this year Monday after the economy shrank in the second quarter. Lower expansion could limit tax revenue and boost debt. “Mexico has undertaken more structural reforms than most emerging market countries, but its growth rate has been disappointing”, said Standard & Poor’s in a statement.
3. Donald Trump appears to be tempering the tone of his hard-line approach to immigration for a general election audience, avoiding repeating his previous call for mass deportations and instead saying he wants to come up with a “really fair” plan to address the millions of undocumented immigrants now in the United States.