Wednesday, 14 December 2016

EU - Cuba relations

France 24 reports that "the EU and Cuba on Monday signed a deal to normalise ties that had been blocked for decades by human rights concerns under revolutionary icon Fidel Castro".

Perhaps the EU negotiators have received assurances that Cuba is moving towards a more participatory democracy, and one appreciates that there are links between Spain and Cuba, but this deal looks premature. Cuba is still ruled by a self-elected white-skinned cadre and restrictions of people's freedom remain. I would like to have seen this normalisation held out as a prize for concrete steps towards liberal democracy.

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