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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and former President Raul Castro wave flags at a Workers’ Day rally

Opinion: Cuba’s two conundrums

Cuba’s new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, has two problems to fix. First, the country’s increasingly youthful population demands the goods and services they know are available elsewhere. Second, Cuba has lost most of the international support system that propped up its socialist welfare state. To resolve both, he must open up the economy – but by doing so, he will give the Communist Party and the intelligence services more leverage to use against him.

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