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The European Union and the Republic of Cuba: A turbulent liasion!

Schmid, Camila (2019) The European Union and the Republic of Cuba: A turbulent liasion!

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Abstract:This research offers an interpretation of the turbulent relations between the European Union and the Republic of Cuba from 1993-2016 out two different perspectives on power behavior: Normative Power Europe and Neo-Colonial Europe. It is thereby assumed that the European Union is a cosmopolitan who acts normatively by promoting and diffusing certain norms towards the Cuba Government, and that such behavior comes along with inconsistencies, othering and ambivalence. It is further assumed that the Republic of Cuba is kept under colonial hierarchy structures while the European Unioon penetrates its policy and economy. To answer the research question and validate the assumptions a qualitative approach is applied that analyzes literature on the issue as well as five European Parliament Resolutions on the Republic of Cuba. It is found that the European Union does indeed behave normatively in its relations with Cuba and that there as well exist neo-colonial implications. No matter which power behavior, in the end it is important to put the lives of individual human beings before any judgement of power behavior.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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