Josefina Vidal, the Cuban diplomat who has led negotiations with the US over the past two years, was not her normal unflappable self last week. Despite a clutch of recent US-Cuba deals, including a Google venture, the usually polished Ms Vidal appeared tired and frustrated.
“Cuba hopes the new US government takes into account the results achieved since relations were reestablished and is disposed to continue advancing [them] in a civilised manner,” said Ms Vidal, referring to détente begun under Barack Obama and now potentially jeopardised by president-elect Donald Trump. But Ms Vidal did not sound like she believed her words.
The prospect of Mr Trump, who has threatened to “terminate” US-Cuban rapprochement unless Havana speeds up reforms, has thrown another layer of uncertainty over Cuba’s weakening economy, which is forecast to grow less than 1 per cent in 2016, versus 4 per cent last year. …