Sábado, 24 de Agosto de 2019
Última actualización: 02:08 CEST

EU-Cuba Agreement: Wishful Thinking?

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Federica Mogherini.

Yesterday European Union/Cuba Bilateral Agreement was signed, though it still must be ratified by the European Union and the parliaments of its member states. Personally, I cannot support signing it, due to both its symbolism and its contents. A democratic institution supporting a dictatorship makes no sense. What does this mean, then? It is, above all, a symbol.

The Common Position did not prevent commercial transactions with Cuba, nor constrain bilateral agreements between the Island and the countries of the European Union. Its importance stemmed from its united stance in favor of Cuban democrats, and its rejection of a single-party political system that has been trampling the rights of the Cuban people for over half a century. It meant a legitimation of the Cuban opposition, to the detriment of the Government's positions. But this situation has, supposedly, changed. Why?

The High Commissioner of the Union European has announced that Cuba has changed. Does Ms. Mogherini really believe that Cuba has implemented the structural changes essential for the country to merit the friendship and assistance of international bodies? The rhetoric coming out of Havana belies this.

The European Union and all its citizens desire to help the Cuban people recover what they have every right to: their sovereignty and freedom. The differences are procedural. But let us get the diagnosis right, to keep from applying the wrong cure.

And let us hope that, once again, we are not guilty of wishful thinking, lest we suffer a rude awakening by confusing what we would like to see with reality.