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25/07/2016

Moderate politician wins Northern Cyprus election

Topic: Cyprus reunification


Energy 21-06-2016

Offshore gas seen as game changer in Israel-Turkey relations

The relations between Turkey and Israel have been marred since diplomatic relations broke down six years ago, after Israeli forces raided a Turkish ship bound for Gaza, killing 10 Turkish activists. But huge offshore gas discoveries in the Israeli and Cypriot economic zone have become a game changer.
Energy 26-05-2016

Cyprus will develop offshore gas irrespective of reunification

Cyprus will continue its project of developing offshore gas, keeping this dossier “completely separate” from the negotiations for the reunification of the island, the Cypriot Minister of Energy, Yorgos Lakkotrypis, said today (26 May).
Euro & Finance 23-05-2016

Far right could enter fractious Cyprus parliament

Cypriots voted yesterday (22 May) in an election that produced a record low turnout for parliamentary polls after a three-year economic downturn and amid widespread disillusion with politicians.
Energy 18-05-2016

Greece freezes Poseidon pipeline talks over Turkey-Russia deadlock

EXCLUSIVE / Athens is not planning to advance talks on the Russia-backed Poseidon pipeline, seen as a direct competitor to the EU-backed TAP pipeline, during a forthcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s to the country.
03-05-2016

Turkey to abolish visas for Greek Cypriots as part of EU deal

Greek Cypriots will no longer require visas to visit Turkey under an EU-Turkey agreement on visa liberalisation, but this does not amount to Turkish recognition of Cyprus, a Turkish official said on today (3 May).

MEPs call for Turkish becoming EU language

One of the texts of the European Parliament Report on Turkey adopted yesterday (14 April) calls for making Turkish an official language of the EU, a move condemned by a minority of MEPs who voted against the report.
UK & Europe 07-04-2016

MEP: The Cypriot economy will be hard hit by a Brexit

Cyprus has many reasons to worry about the economic consequences of a Brexit, MEP Takis Hadjigeorgiou told EurActiv Greece.
Enlargement 16-03-2016

MEPs insist Turkish accession process should be decoupled from refugee deal

EU-Turkey cooperation on migration should be decoupled from the EU accession negotiating process, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a report voted on Wednesday (15 March).
Europe's East 01-03-2016

Make Turkish an official EU language, Cyprus tells EU

Greek-Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has asked the Dutch EU Presidency to add Turkish to the bloc’s 24 official languages, in order to boost attempts to reach a reunification agreement on the Mediterranean island.
Global Europe 12-02-2016

Anastasiades says more time needed for Cyprus solution

President Nicos Anastasiades addressed parliament yesterday (11 February) to try to convince Cypriots that a UN-backed peace deal is possible for the divided island, in a rare move by a Greek Cypriot leader.
Global Europe 22-01-2016

Nicosia mayor: Relations with Turkish Cypriots 'starting to become a friendship'

The relationship between the two communities in Nicosia, Europe's last divided capital, is starting to become a friendship, the city's Greek Cypriot mayor has told EurActiv. 
Global Europe 15-01-2016

The EU and Turkey: Tactical moves, or a golden opportunity?

Confronted by so many internal headaches, the European Union has ruled out enlargement until the end of the decade. The recent decision to revive stalled membership negotiations with Turkey is therefore curious, write Mehmet Ö?ütçü and Stephen Jones.
Europe's East 15-01-2016

George Friedman: The EU is increasingly unreliable and unpredictable

The United States has a partnership with Europe, but it can no longer think of NATO as the mechanism by which it is related to Europe, George Friedman told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 14-01-2016

Talat: Failure to solve Cyprus issue will push Turkish Cypriots closer to Ankara

EXCLUSIVE / If no solution is found for the Cyprus issue, the Turkish Cypriot side will “inevitably” grow closer to Ankara, Mehmet Ali Talat said in an interview with EurActiv.

For the first time since 1974, Greek Cypriots mark Epiphany in ghost town

For the first time in decades, Greek Cypriots celebrated Epiphany on the northern side of ethnically-split Cyprus on Wednesday (6 January), as momentum builds for a possible breakthrough this year in peace talks.
Future EU 05-01-2016

Will Cyprus be reunified in 2016?

The Mediterranean island, divided since 1974, has hopes of reunification. The Greeks and the Turks re-opened talks in the spring of 2015, but an end to the dispute is still out of reach. Our partner La Tribune reports.

Cyprus Ambassador: If Turkey is serious, it should recognise Cyprus

The EU-Turkey rapprochement is positive, but Ankara must realise it can't seek closer cooperation, and at the same time say “I don’t recognise the Republic of Cyprus,” the Ambassador of Cyprus to the EU, Kornelios Korneliou, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Turkish EU minister: Cyprus referendum in March will be successful

A referendum on the new Cyprus constitution by the end of March will be successful, and the reunification of the country will open new opportunities for Turkey’s EU integration, the Minister of European Affairs of Turkey, Volkan Bozk?r, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 04-12-2015

Kerry optimistic about Cyprus reunification

Peace is within reach in Cyprus, US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday (3 December) as he watched children from both sides of the divided island play basketball together.
Med & South 01-12-2015

Time to transform the Eastern Mediterranean

The massive resources available in the Eastern Mediterranean offer the prospect of employment and stability. The pursuit of common interests could unlock enormous untapped potential in the region, write Mehmet Ö?ütçü and Stephen Jones.

EU and Turkey agree on €3 billion refugee deal

The leaders of the 28 EU member states, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davuto?lu, agreed on Sunday (29 November) on a deal to stem the flow of refugees to Europe, coupled with an unfreezing of accession negotiations, and an initial €3 billion assistance package.
Med & South 23-10-2015

Forensic experts: Cyprus project can help Middle East peace

A unique project to exhume and identify human remains from violent events in the 1960s and the 1970s in Cyprus could be replicated in many places in the Middle East, representatives of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) said.
Euro & Finance 17-07-2015

Juncker praises Cyprus, urges reunification

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker praised Cyprus yesterday (16 July) for its budding economic recovery after harsh bailout terms saved the eurozone member from meltdown, and urged re-unification of the divided island.
Enlargement 27-04-2015

Moderate politician wins Northern Cyprus election

A leftist moderate promising to press for a peace deal in ethnically-split Cyprus swept to victory in a Turkish Cypriot presidential election runoff yesterday (26 April).