The European Union's Shameless Hypocrisy

Monday, July 20, 2009
The European Union (EU) suspended 65.5 million euros ($93 million) in aid to Honduras today, as talks mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias broke down between the interim government and the ousted President, Manuel Zelaya.

"In view of the circumstances, I have taken the difficult decision to suspend all budgetary support payments," EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said in a statement.

That is arguably justifiable, as the European Union does not want to support a de facto government that was not democratically elected.

Nonetheless, Spain's EFE news agency is simultaneously reporting that an EU official is headed to Cuba this week with 37 million euros ($55 million) in aid for the repressive Castro dictatorship.

And who is the EU official traveling to Cuba?

The obviously shameless EU External Relations Commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner.