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.
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.
The European Union has offered to advise Communist-run Cuba on consolidating its two currencies, drawing on its experience from introducing the euro, an EU official said on Wednesday during a visit to Havana.
Blockading Cuba is not the solution, the European Union's foreign policy chief said yesterday (3 January) on a trip aimed at strengthening ties with Havana, after Washington tightened restrictions on the island.
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.
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.
Members of the European Parliament and their Latin American counterparts meet today (23 May) and tomorrow in Florence to evaluate bilateral relations and prepare for the next CELAC summit in October. EURACTIV Spain reports.
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.
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.
President Barack Obama arrived to small but cheering crowds on Sunday (20 March) at the start of a historic visit to Cuba that opened a new chapter in US engagement with the island's Communist government after decades of hostility between the former Cold War foes.
The EU is in a drive to deepen trade ties with Latin America. It is eager to do business with Cuba, and on the cusp of relaunching negotiations with Mercosur. We will soon start learning what some of the commercial stakes are, in key talks to be launched with Mexico and Chile.
Cuba's President Raul Castro began an official state visit to France today (1 February), his first ever to Europe, which is being seen as a key step in rebuilding his island nation's ties with the West.
Germany's Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, has started an official visit to Cuba where he hopes to promote economic and trade relations. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
The EU is speaking with the US about the extraterritorial application of Washington's embargo on Cuba, Herman Portocarero, the head of the EU delegation in the Communist country, said on Wednesday (4 November).
Spain and Cuba yesterday (2 November) reached agreeed to refinance the island's short-term debt, signing several accords during the visits of Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos and Industry Minister José Manuel Soria.
The 4th round of EU-Cuba negotiations for a framework agreement for political dialogue and cooperation was held yesterday in Brussels (16 June), making progress in the economic area, but lagging behind on the political dialogue chapter.
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