Despite optimism over the thaw in Cuba's relationship with the United States, the island nation's economy actually shrank this year. The reason? Economic crises among its key trading partners.
The US government has toughened the terms for Americans traveling to Cuba and doing business in the country. It makes good on a pledge made by President Donald Trump to roll back Obama's Cuban détente policy.
While Cuba's relationship with the US is cooling down, it is moving closer to its former protector and partner Russia. But Vladimir Putin is not just interested in boosting the economy of the island nation.
As the crisis in Venezuela worsens, Cuba continues to throw its support behind the government in Caracas. How much influence does Havana hold over President Nicolas Maduro?
Ironically, it's a state institution, the University of Havana, that's running communist-ruled Cuba's first startup incubator. It's supported by the Humboldt University of Berlin. Andreas Knobloch went to visit.
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