It is suicidal for the EU to draw on Europe’s worst political traditions, the common denominator of which is the idea that evil must be appeased and that the best way to achieve peace is through indifference to the freedom of others.
The above was written by Václav Havel, on the subject of EU and Cuba: Freedom vs. appeasement The Diplomad comments,
Well, dear readers, guess what? El Comandante apparently has the magic diplomatic formula for dealing with the EU — we hope to see this formula taught at the US Foreign Service Institute. It seems that when dealing with the EU, it’s best to be highly insincere, in other words tell them whatever they want to hear; then make them beg to give you money; take the money; then go back on whatever nonsense you told them originally; then insult them without mercy in the most vile language you can utter; and they’ll come running back with even more to give you. You don’t believe The Diplomad? You say no organization or group of countries would tolerate such behavior? Oh, pititful fools! Has The Diplomad taught you nothing? We’re talking about the EU, for Heaven’s sake!
He’s got it right, alright.