The visits of both US President Obama and EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini to Cuba this month signal a clear change of approach from both the US and the EU, moving from confrontation to engagement. For the EU, the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) initialled on March 11th marks the end of the Common Position adopted in 1996.
While this may boost new opportunities for economic, societal and political exchange, Cuba’s opening to Western countries triggers a number of questions: How enduring is Cuba’s new domestic and external openness? What to make of the EU-Cuba PDCA and wider EU-Latin American relations in the future? Could the outcome of the US presidential election still change Washington’s course in redefining relations with Havana?
This event is co-organised with the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP).