In anticipation of the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI many of Cuba?s dissidents have been arrested over the past week. Although many of them have been released it is clear that the Cuban Government is sending a message to its citizens. This message continues to be one of fear and control. While only about 10 percent of Cubans are practicing Catholicism it is the desire of the Cuban Catholic Church that the visit by the Pope be one of spirituality and not that of the continued political issues that grip the small island country.
MEPs will discuss the latest developments in the EU Commission probe into the respect of the rule of law in Poland with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.