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Washington and Europe-Latin American Relations

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APRIL 2010 – Washington seems rather uninterested or at least unconcerned with what Europe could do in its relations with the rest of the Americas, in part because of the urgent need of action in other areas, like the Middle East and China, and terrorism in general, writes Joaquin Roy in a column for Inter Press Ser4vice IPS  Roy is ”Jean Monnet” professor and director of the European Union Centre of the University of Miami.

In this article, Roy writes that the EU’s policy of “constructive involvement” towards Cuba, led by Spain, was seen as an alternative. But it was rendered impossible by President Raul Castro’s resistance to making concessions. What might be more fruitful is European collaboration on reconstruction projects in areas struck by natural disasters like the hurricanes in the Caribbean and the earthquakes that nearly destroyed Haiti and more recently Chile. The credentials of the EU and its member states in this area are impeccable: more than half of the humanitarian and development aid promised comes from Europe.

Central America and Mexico are other areas of possible collaboration. Drug trafficking and uncontrolled emigration (the dangers of a Cuba in transition or gripped by internal tensions) are issues for which European counsel and collaboration could be fruitful. Drug trafficking is a cancer produced by both US and European consumption. Massive emigration is a major issue for both entities. Although at present the threat that Latin American might become a base for international terrorism seems only a vague possibility, the EU could become an effective ally of the US in this area.  READ MORE HERE.