Daily Archives: February 14, 2012

John Paul Rathbone

February is the month of balmy summer days in Latin America, although the season of beach holidays hasn’t stopped a delicious diplomatic storm from brewing.

At the heart of the thundery electrostatic is the perennial problem. Will Cuba attend the “Summit of the Americas” this April? Read more

Gideon Rachman

The latest news from the EU is that the euro-group has postponed a meeting to approve the Greek bail-out. Jean-Claude Juncker, who chairs the group, announced – “I did not yet receive the required political assurances from the leaders of the Greek coalition parties on the implementation of the programme” . Insisting on iron-clad assurances from the Greek government is all very well. But there is one flaw in this strategy. Greece is due to hold elections in April. And the latest opinion polls suggest that the mainstream parties who are signing this deal could be swept away, anyway. Read more