The Shadow of Trump and Human Rights Hangs Over EU-Cuba Normalization Deal

European Union foregin policy chief Federica Mogherini with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez after signing a cooperation agreement, Brussels, Dec. 12, 2016 (AP photo by Francois Lenoir).
European Union foregin policy chief Federica Mogherini with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez after signing a cooperation agreement, Brussels, Dec. 12, 2016 (AP photo by Francois Lenoir).

The European Union formally signed an agreement normalizing ties with Cuba on Monday. The so-called Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement covers issues such as trade, human rights and migration, and allows for greater cooperation on climate change, culture and tourism. Talks on expanded political ties began in 2014, and after seven rounds of talks, a final agreement was reached in March. Previous attempts at a cooperation agreement failed in large part because of the EU’s “common position” on Cuba, which set out the objectives for EU policy in Cuba, namely the transition to a pluralist democracy with respect for human […]

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