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“Spain brings EU to closer to Cuba”, leads Público. On the urging of the new Spanish minister for foreign affairs, Trinidad Jiménez, the 27 agreed yesterday to establish dialogue with Havana. At the same time, EU ministers rejected Jiménez’ call for the EU to lift its common position towards Havana, which calls for progress on human rights and democracy before normalising relations with the communist island. According to the Madrid daily, Cuba now has two months “to establish normal bilateral relations by proving its democratic openness”. The recent release of 42 political prisoners on the island in recent weeks is considered a step in the right direction for EU observers, with the common policy coming up for review shortly.