About: Cuba

Global Europe 30-07-2021

EU urges Cuba to free ‘arbitrarily detained’ protesters

The European Union is "very concerned about the repression" of protests in Cuba and urges the government to release all arbitrarily detained protesters, the EU said on Thursday (29 July) in its strongest statement to date on the matter.
Global Europe 28-07-2021

Cuban Embassy in Paris attacked with petrol bombs, France beefs up security

Cuba's embassy in Paris said it had been attacked overnight with petrol bombs that caused some damage but no injuries to its staff, in an incident that prompted French authorities to beef up security around the building.
Global Europe 12-07-2021

Thousands of Cubans join biggest anti-government protests in decades

Chanting "freedom" and calling for President Miguel Diaz-Canel to step down, thousands of Cubans joined street protests from Havana to Santiago on Sunday (11 July) in the biggest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run island in decades.
Global Europe 09-06-2021

Borrell defends agreement with Cuba in European Parliament

The EU's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, defended before the European Parliament on Tuesday (9 June) the ratification and implementation of a political dialogue agreement with Cuba, after a leaked email had suggested close proximity between some Socialist EU lawmakers and the Cuban regime.
Global Europe 01-03-2021

EU recalls envoy to Cuba over US sanctions comments

The European Union has recalled its ambassador in Havana after he signed an open letter calling on US President Joe Biden to lift sanctions against Cuba, a spokesman said on Saturday (27 February).
Global Europe 01-04-2020

In Venezuela shift, US offers sanctions relief for transitional government

The United States on Tuesday (31 March) offered a path for Venezuela's leftist leadership to remove sanctions in the face of a mounting humanitarian crisis by accepting a transitional government that excludes US ally Juan Guaidó.
Global Europe 04-02-2020

Five empty chairs remind of Cuba’s regime true nature

The EU needs to change strategy if it wishes to stand for democracy in Cuba, by opening up to independent civil society, write Anders L. Petersson and Erik Jennische.
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.