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Fifty Years of RevolutionPerspectives on Cuba, the United States, and the World$
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Soraya M. Castro Marino and John S. Reitan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040233

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040233.001.0001

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The European Union and Cuba

The European Union and Cuba

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Joaquín Roy

University Press of Florida

This chapter attempts to fill a vacuum in the literature dedicated to the link between Cuba and Europe, both with individual European states and with the collective body of the European Union (EU). The interpretations of this complex relationship, not limited to the half century of the regime, have been rather controversial, especially when compared with the U.S. attitude toward Cuba. Explanations and justifications for the development and maintenance of the European-Cuban relation are varied and conflicting. They include a pragmatic commercial policy, an alleged backing of the Cuban regime, an attempt to counter the power of the United States, and a goal of engaging Cuban society and preparing it for a transition to democracy. Joaquín Roy examines three fundamental topics and issues arising from the European-Cuban relationship: the actual historical evolution of the European Union's relations with Cuba, the institutional framework into which this is inserted, and the national distribution of leadership, opposition, and cooperation that has contributed to the development of this triangular framework, which expands to a quadrangle when the United States, the unavoidable guest, gets invited or forced to join.

Keywords:   Cuba, European Union, Europe, United States, opposition, cooperation, policy, regime, power, engagement, transition, democracy

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