About: Cyprus

Politics 26-06-2017

Cyprus leaders under pressure to strike peace deal

Rival Cypriot leaders at a make-or-break summit in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to finally seal an elusive peace deal for their divided island or face the consequences.

Politics 20-06-2017

Greece and Turkey downplay divisions ahead of fresh Cyprus talks

Greece and Turkey put a territorial dispute in the Aegean on the back-burner in talks in Athens on Monday (19 June). The two countries' prime ministers instead focused on their common commercial interests ahead of another round of UN-sponsored talks on Cyprus.

Commission will not require visas for US citizens as ‘retaliation’

The European Commission has decided not to require visas for Americans travelling to Europe, rejecting calls from MEPs to retaliate against US visa requirements for citizens of five member states.

Languages & Culture 11-04-2017

Turkish language still far away from official EU status

In early 2016, Cyprus asked the EU to recognise Turkish as an official language, in an attempt to boost its reunification process. Over one year later, this request has made little headway.

Energy 03-04-2017

Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Israel eye longest offshore gas pipeline

Italy, Israel, Greece and Cyprus pledged today (3 April) to move ahead with the world's longest undersea gas pipeline from the eastern Mediterranean to southern Europe, with support from the European Union.

Economy & Jobs 24-03-2017

Greece still stuck in bailout due to lack of political consensus

In contrast with Cyprus, a lack of political will among Greece's political parties and appetite for cooperation has kept the country locked in a painful bailout programme, experts have warned. EURACTIV Greece reports.

Suspend visa-free EU travel for US citizens, MEPs say

United States citizens should be denied visa-free access to the European Union before summer because Washington does not allow some EU nationals to enter there without visa, EU lawmakers said in a vote today (2 March).

Energy 15-02-2017

EU gets wake-up call as Gazprom eyes rival TAP pipeline

Gazprom's bid to tap into a pipeline meant to wean Europe off Russian gas threatens to undermine a pillar of European energy policy and slow plans to develop rival deposits in the eastern Mediterranean.

Global Europe 16-01-2017

Russia angrily refutes reports of Moscow undermining Cyprus talks

Russia's Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov has reacted angrily to an article claiming that his country made efforts to spoil the Cyprus reunification deal, saying that attempts to shift the blame for the failure of talks are “both unfair and misleading”.

Global Europe 13-01-2017

Cyprus reunification talks conclude with plan to keep talking

Talks to resolve the decades-old division of Cyprus ended without agreement yesterday (12 January) but with a plan for officials to reconvene on 18 January to tackle its thorny security question, before a fresh attempt to forge a political deal.

Global Europe 12-01-2017

Guterres, Juncker head to Geneva for Cyprus talks

New UN chief Antonio Guterres will attend talks in Geneva today (12 January) aimed at ending decades of stalemate in a divided Cyprus, in his first foreign trip since taking office on 1 January. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will also be there.

11-01-2017

The Brief: UK heals deep divisions between EU member states

People say that the EU is riven with deep divisions but in fact, those splits are healing and a brave new sense of unity is emerging.

Enlargement 11-01-2017

Cypriot leaders press on with peace deal bid

Rival Cypriot leaders returned to the negotiating table Tuesday (10 January) to press on with a bid to end their country's 42-year-old division, but hopes of a deal hung in the balance.

Enlargement 09-01-2017

Cyprus future in the balance as new peace talks begin

Rival Cypriot leaders resumed UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva today (9 January), billed as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain.

Euro & Finance 06-01-2017

Embattled Bank of Cyprus pays off bailout loan

Bank of Cyprus, the Mediterranean island's largest lender and one of the largest casualties of the financial crisis, yesterday (5 December) announced it had paid back in full the €11.4 billion in Emergency Liquidity Assistance it received in an international bailout.

Enlargement 05-01-2017

The EU should be a more active contributor to the Cyprus issue

The Cyprus issue is a longstanding problem that many believe will remain unresolved forever. Nonetheless, in recent weeks, it has been drawing the attention of the media. Takis Hadjigeorgiou and Dimitris Papadimoulis explain what is at stake.

Enlargement 05-01-2017

Turkish Cypriot leader urges reunification deal in 2017

The president of Northern Cyprus said yesterday (4 January) that a historic opportunity "should not be lost" on the Cyprus reunification talks in Geneva next week, according to the Turkish daily, Sabah.

Global Europe 14-12-2016

Greek analyst: Worst possible time for Turkey to solve Cyprus issue

It is the worst possible time to reach an agreement on Cyprus, as Turkey is under severe pressure on its Iraqi and Syrian borders, and is pushing for a broader territory swap and more regional power, said Greek professor Angelos Syrigos.

12-12-2016

EU should play hardball with US on visa reciprocity

The EU should strongly insist that the US lifts the visa requirement for 70 million EU citizens, or it risks weakening its negotiating position on just about any issue with President-elect Donald Trump, writes MEP Momchil Nekov.

Enlargement 02-12-2016

Cyprus leaders agree to resume peace talks

Rival Cypriot leaders have agreed to resume UN-backed reunification talks after negotiations broke down in Switzerland last month.

Health 29-11-2016

An opportunity to fix Europe’s gender health gap

Gender equality has long been debated in Europe and, despite numerous initiatives, it remains a big issue, particularly in terms of the health gap between men and women, writes Peter Baker.

Brexit 25-11-2016

Barnier steps up Brexit talk preparations

Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Brexit negotiator has visited most of the EU capitals to test the waters ahead of negotiations. EU27 officials will hold a meeting next week to discuss details of the forthcoming negotiation.

Global Europe 24-11-2016

EU looking into Russian fuel supply to Syria via Cyprus, Greece

The European Union is looking into whether Russian tankers carried jet fuel to Syria through the bloc's waters despite this being banned, an EU source said yesterday (23 November).

Enlargement 22-11-2016

Cyprus talks hit impasse over territory

Crucial talks on Cyprus reunification held in Switzerland hit an impasse in the night of 21 to 22 November, the Cypriot press announced.