About: Cyprus

Electricity 17-10-2017

Cyprus set to come in from the cold and end energy isolation

Cyprus is due to end its energy isolation after it agreed with fellow EU member Greece to press on with an undersea electricity cable, which will also link the island to Israel in the hope of tapping into significant gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

Elections 06-10-2017

‘ClubMed’ summit postponed over Catalan crisis

A summit of southern European Union countries due to take place next week in Nicosia has been postponed due to the Catalan crisis, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades announced yesterday (5 October).

Global Europe 29-09-2017

Russian oligarchs create political party in Cyprus

Russian oligarchs who have acquired Cypriot citizenship have created a new political party in Cyprus, which supports further UN talks on the future of the divided island and aims to take part in the next European elections in 2019.

Politics 04-08-2017

UN admits it is up to Cypriots to broker deal alone

The United Nations will not resurrect the collapsed Cyprus reunification talks as the onus is now on the divided island's rival communities to prove they really want a long-elusive settlement, the outgoing UN envoy said on Thursday (4 August).

Global Europe 31-07-2017

Italy joins France in warning Ankara about Cyprus gas drilling

Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti is paying a “symbolic” visit today (31 July) to Cyprus in light of oil and gas drilling that a consortium of France's Total and Italy's Eni is now carrying out in the region.

Politics 28-07-2017

Commission seeks a ‘European solution’ to the Cyprus issue

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (27 July) that the EU executive wants a “European solution” to the Cyprus issue.

Global Europe 13-07-2017

Greece-Turkey tensions mount over plan to start Cyprus gas drilling

As Cyprus prepares to start offshore drilling for gas in its economic zone, Turkey announced it was readying "countermeasures" and Greece replied it was "ready to defend its sovereign rights", in a clear sign of growing tensions between the two NATO members.

Enlargement 13-07-2017

Turkey’s energy minister ‘to visit Israel for pipeline deal’

Turkey's Energy Minister Berat Albayrak is set to visit Israel by the end of this year to conclude an agreement for the building of a natural gas pipeline from the Jewish state to Turkey, the Israeli energy minister said on yesterday (12 July).

Global Europe 05-07-2017

Turkey rapporteur: ‘We are sending a very bad signal to the Balkans’

Turkey has lost interest in accession. Yet the EU continues to believe that it can use the process as leverage, Kati Piri told EURACTIV Slovakia.

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.