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EU gets closer to Cuba

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European Union ambassador to Cuba Herman Portocarero speaks in a news conference in Havana about EU agreement on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights
European Union ambassador to Cuba Herman Portocarero speaks in a news conference in Havana about EU agreement on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights Reuters/Enrique De La Osa

The European Union has endorsed a negotiating mandate for a political and cooperation agreement with Cuba. The step is aimed at broader trade and economic ties with Havana but the deal may take up to three years to complete. The decision marks the bloc's most important policy shift since resuming diplomatic ties with Cuba in 2008. Stephen Wilkinson, a Cuba studies specialist, comments on the possible impact of Brussels' initiative.

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