HAVANA TIMES, April 12 — When Spanish President Zapatero took office, —like when US President Barack Obama did the same— hopes were raised for a normalization of relations between Cuba and the European Union (headed in the first semester of 2010 by Spain) and with the United States.
Today both those governments have poured cold water on such hopes, joining together to demand that Cuba release what they consider political prisoners and respect human rights. Meanwhile, neither Spain nor the US permits other countries to interfere in their internal affairs.
First on Friday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton actually blamed Cuba for the continuation of Washington’s half century economic blockade on the island. Then, in an interview published by Spain’s El Pais daily, First Vice President Maria Teresa Fernandez seconded Clinton’s demands on Cuba.