EU, Cuba in talks years after human rights row

EU's European External Action Service (EEAS) Managing Director for the Americas Christian Leffler (L) arrives at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Havana for the beginning of talks with Cuban government, on April 29, 2014Cuba and the European Union sat down at the negotiating table Tuesday aiming at deals on political dialogue and economic cooperation. The Americas’ only one-party, communist-ruled state is the lone country in Latin America that has no political dialogue with the EU. The Cuban side, led by deputy foreign minister Abelardo Moreno, was meeting in Havana with Christian Leffler, the top EU diplomat for the Americas. Reaching a deal that leads to Havana getting any EU financial help would be rare good news for Cuba: its Soviet-style, top-down government-run economy is in constant crisis and does not have access to traditional sources of funding.