Europe and Cuba seem to be starting a new round of talks in different, distant universes, at least when it comes to issues that really matter.
"Our views did converge on the issues of climate change and U.N. reform; they did not in the area of human rights," Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout said after EU officials held talks with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.
"We came back to the issue of political prisoners in Cuba and their health, and the answer we got was that in Cuba there are no political prisoners," he told reporters.
Kudos to the Europeans for raising the topic of the political prisoners, but it seems as if the Europeans are too willing — and eager — to accept the Cubans' line of B.S. in order so they can keep talking for the sake of talking.
Maybe there would some merit in just talking, if Europe already didn't have such a poor record when it comes to standing up against the dictators in Havana and on behalf of the Cuban people.