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EU-LAC: the other transatlantic partnership
The 7th Summit of the Americas, held last week in Panama, brought together thirty-five heads of state and government of the region to address the challenge of fighting inequality across the American continent. The coverage of the summit, however, was largely dominated by the unprecedented presence of Cuban representatives and the historic thaw in US-Cuba relations. As the US reconsiders its relations with regional counterparts, the EU will also be looking at how to revitalise its own strategic partnerships with the ‘other’ transatlantic partners in the run-up to the 8th EU-LAC (2nd EU-CELAC) summit to be held in Brussels this June. With bilateralism becoming the main channel of cooperation, much attention will be geared towards reinvigorating the multilateral nature of this inter-regional partnership.