German diplomats have backed away from inviting Cuban dissidents to the same party as Havana officials, ending friction that began in 2003, the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday. Beginning in 2003, the German ambassador to Havana had sent invitations to both groups when throwing a German Unity Day party every October 3, Germany’s national day.
Revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s government responded by boycotting the elaborate annual reception.
Um, hello Germany, is a boycott by Castro’s regime a bad thing? I think not!
At least one German has a brain, though:
Volker Beck, the Greens parliamentary whip, accused Berlin of “kowtowing to Fidel Castro” and demanded an explanation of any changes to Germany’s human-rights stance.