About: Cuba

Global Europe 08-10-2019

The EU needs to drive for democracy in Cuba openly

Agreements with governments that do not intend to respect the principles laid down in the texts are just cynical tools that undermine an international order built on trust, and the current Cuban government is a case in point, write Manuel Cuesta Morúa and Erik Jennische.
Global Europe 13-09-2019

Cubans fear return to 90s austerity amid cuts

Havana awoke Thursday (12 September) to long lines at gas stations and public transportation stops after President Miguel Díaz-Canel warned fellow Cubans to expect fuel shortages and blackouts that he blamed on US sanctions.
Global Europe 10-09-2019

EU stresses support for Cuba even as US hikes sanctions

The European Union is committed to helping Cuba develop its economy, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday (10 September), during a three-day trip to Havana, even as the United States hikes sanctions on the Communist-run island.
Global Europe 02-05-2019

EU vows to respond to US sanctions to protect companies in Cuba

The European Union is ready to counter potential US sanctions against European companies in Cuba, the bloc's top diplomat said on Thursday (2 May), following Washington's reactivation of parts of the legislation that would allow US citizens to file lawsuits against investors in the island.
Economy & Jobs 17-04-2019

EU threatens WTO action after US paves way for Cuban property lawsuits

The EU has reacted angrily to a Trump administration announcement that Americans to sue foreign firms over seized Cuban property, threatening to take a case to the World Trade Organisation. 
Global Europe 04-03-2019

US threat looms over foreign firms trading with Cuba

US President Donald Trump's administration is brandishing the threat of sanctions against foreign companies "trafficking" with Cuba, a move hitherto mothballed by Washington so as not to offend allies.
Global Europe 24-01-2019

EU says voice of Venezuelan people ‘cannot be ignored’, calls for free and fair election

The European Union said Wednesday (23 January) that the voice of the Venezuelan people "cannot be ignored" and called for "free and credible elections" after the South American country's parliament leader declared himself interim president on Wednesday (23 January).
Global Europe 17-01-2019

US discourages foreign companies from doing business in Cuba

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned foreign businesses Wednesday (16 January) to steer clear of formerly private properties seized by Cuba -- and said he was considering allowing lawsuits over such assets in US courts.
Global Europe 26-11-2018

The double standards of EU’s dialogue with Cuba

By talking only to the Cuban government, and ignoring civil society groups, the EU is allowing the Cuban state to continue its programme of repressing democracy and human rights, write Ariadna Mena Rubio, Rosa Maria Payá and Erik Jennische.
Global Europe 23-11-2018

Spain’s premier breaks ice in Cuba after three decades

Spanish premier Pedro Sánchez has embarked on the first official bilateral visit by a Spanish leader to Cuba in 32 years on 22-23 November, at a time when the Communist-run island is looking towards Europe as its ties with the United States fester.
Global Europe 16-05-2018

EU, Cuba build ties in face of US pressure

The EU and Cuba signed a renewable energy deal on Tuesday (15 May), a step towards normalising relations in defiance of Washington's continuing hardline stance on Havana.
Global Europe 13-10-2017

Landmark EU-Cuba deal to take effect from November

A landmark cooperation deal between the EU and Cuba will take effect on 1 November, Brussels said on Thursday (12 October), a major step towards normalising ties as tensions run high between Havana and the US.
Global Europe 07-07-2017

EU-Cuba relations enter new era

The European Parliament on Wednesday (5 July) greenlit a new political dialogue and cooperation agreement between the EU and Cuba, marking the beginning of a new era of relations between Brussels and Havana. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Global Europe 16-06-2017

Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel, trade, curbing Obama’s detente

President Donald Trump will on Friday announce plans to tighten restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and clamp down on US business dealings with the island’s military, rolling back parts of former President Barack Obama’s historic opening to Havana.

From Syria to Bulgaria, part II: ‘Now, I am a teacher in Sofia’

Elias now lives in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria – a country that when it first greeted him was not at all prepared to receive and care for him and the many others like him. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Central Europe 14-03-2017

From Syria to Bulgaria, part I: Escaping death

Some years ago, an ambitious Kurd from a village in northern Syria won a scholarship to study abroad. He ended up in Havana, where he learned Spanish. Elias later returned to Syria, where he became a translator at the state news agency, SANA. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Global Europe 23-01-2017

Lenin: Father of the Bolshevik Revolution

This year is the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution. The man who orchestrated it died 93 years ago, on 21 January 1924. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin ushered into the world one of the most brutal dictatorship it has ever seen in the Soviet Union, writes Joachim Starbatty.
Global Europe 16-01-2017

Cuba praises immigration policy, four years after reform

Over half a million Cubans have travelled abroad, 78% of them for the first time, since immigration reforms were passed in 2013. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Global Europe 12-12-2016

EU, Cuba sign pact to normalise relations

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.
Global Europe 01-12-2016

A turning point for EU relations with Latin America

Europe must strengthen its ties with Latin America to promote democracy, social progress and equality in the age of globalisation, write Ramón Jáuregui and Carlos Zorrinho.
Global Europe 30-11-2016

EU leaders’ absence from Castro funeral to define future relations?

The turnout at the state funeral of Fidel Castro could perhaps symbolise the state of Cuba's international relations, as European leaders have mostly decided to stay away. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Global Europe 28-11-2016

Commissioners at odds over Castro legacy

The death at the weekend of the revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro saw sharp differences of opinion within EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s cabinet.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

European socialists want better Cuba relations, US remains problematic

The head of the S&D group has called on the EU to quickly implement its agreement with Cuba and has ramped up the pressure on the US to lift its sanctions against the Caribbean nation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 12-10-2016

Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights

While the EU wraps up a new framework for relations with Havana, Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas warns that his country could descend into civil war if this deal is not made dependent on respecting human rights. EURACTIV Spain reports.

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