Have a cigar: Cuba and Europe to write a business plan

File photo of world leaders waving to the media during the group picture during the summit of the CELAC-UE in SantiagoBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Eleven months before Barack Obama’s historic handshake with Raul Castro, Europe staged its own show of friendliness with Cuba. It all happened one hot January day last year at an EU-Latin America summit in Chile. Castro cheerily waved alongside European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for the official group picture and then, as the photo gathering broke up, German Chancellor Angela Merkel shook his hand. But all this warmth at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa has brought no radical change and the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, imposed in 1962, remains.

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