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Global Europe 16-07-2021

Turkish ship fires warning shots at Cyprus coastguard

A Turkish coastguard vessel fired warning shots Friday (16 July) at a Cyprus police boat on patrol for undocumented migrants near the line of control off the island's north coast, Cypriot media reported.
Climate change 05-07-2021

Cyprus worst forest fire in decades kills four

Cyprus said a deadly forest fire that was the worst to hit the island in decades was close to being brought under control Sunday (4 July) after water bombing by Greek and Israeli aircraft.
Global Europe 10-06-2021

EU Commission ramps up legal action against Cyprus, Malta over ‘golden passports’

The European Commission on Wednesday (9 June) stepped up legal action against Cyprus and Malta over their cash-for-passports schemes in a move that may eventually see the two islands end up in court and face fines.

Cyprus government broke its own laws in granting ‘golden passports’, inquiry finds

Cyprus's government broke the law on countless occasions in granting citizenship to thousands of people in a now discredited passports-for-cash scheme, an official inquiry has found.

Cyprus files first prosecution in passports scandal

Cyprus on Friday (14 May) filed its first criminal prosecution in a controversial passport-for-investment scheme abolished last year over corruption allegations, the state legal service said.
Global Europe 12-05-2021

Italian and Turkish fishing boats in skirmish off Cyprus

A skirmish broke out between Turkish and Italian fishermen near the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus on Tuesday, the Italian navy said on Tuesday (11 May). The navy said in a statement that people on board an unspecified number of...
Agrifood 15-04-2021

End of the halloumi protection saga brings prospects of peace in Cyprus

The importance of the freshly awarded EU protection for halloumi cheese goes beyond its food implication: key political actors have seen it as a historic opportunity to enhance economic cooperation and bring the two national communities in Cyprus closer.

Cypriot says business ‘stolen’ in Bulgaria, hopes EPPO will investigate

Stealing a successful business in Bulgaria is commonplace, although this mafia-like practice is little documented. A Cypriot businessman has told his story to EURACTIV, hoping that the Office of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) would investigate further.
Global Europe 07-04-2021

EU chiefs press Erdogan on rights while stressing better ties

The European Union's top two officials on Tuesday (6 April) expressed deep worries about human rights in Turkey while voicing hope for stronger ties in their first meeting in a year with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Global Europe 06-04-2021

EU chiefs in rare Turkey visit to revamp relations

The European Union's top two officials will pay a rare visit on Tuesday (6 April) to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan aimed at testing his avowed commitment to improve uneasy ties.
Agrifood 31-03-2021

Cyprus wins EU protection for halloumi cheese

Halloumi, a traditional Cypriot cheese known as Hellim in Turkish, is to be entered to the EU's register of protected designations of origin, a move intended to promote unity on the divided island.
Global Europe 26-03-2021

EU dangles carrots for Turkey if ‘de-escalation sustained’

European Union leaders are ready to boost cooperation with Turkey if a "current de-escalation is sustained", they said in a video summit on Thursday (25 March) following a spike in tensions.

‘Club Med’ countries show united front on migration

Southern EU countries sometimes called ‘Club Med’ of MED5 on Saturday (20 March) showed a united front at a meeting in Athens, urging solidarity from other EU states in sharing the migration burden.
Global Europe 17-03-2021

Talks stall in Greece-Turkey maritime dispute

Diplomats from NATO members Greece and Turkey failed to reach a breakthrough on Tuesday (16 March) during a latest round of talks on their standoff over eastern Mediterranean borders and energy rights.
Coronavirus 16-03-2021

Cyprus to purchase Russia’s Sputnik vaccine

The Cypriot government will purchase 50,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine once it’s approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), a government official in Nicosia has said.
Global Europe 16-03-2021

Greece, Turkey, meet for fresh talks on maritime dispute

NATO members Greece and Turkey meet in Athens Tuesday (16 March) to try once more to settle their standoff over eastern Mediterranean borders and energy rights.
Coronavirus 05-03-2021

Cyprus to let in Brits with COVID vaccine from May 1

Cyprus will allow British tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 into the country without restrictions from May 1, its tourism minister said on Thursday (4 March).
Energy 04-03-2021

Athens and Cairo mull changing the route of EastMed pipeline

Greece and Egypt are discussing the possibility of changing the route of East-Med gas pipeline in order to tackle the technical difficulties of the project as well as respond to the question of its economic viability.
Politics 24-02-2021

Graft, lockdown and police violence stir anger in Cyprus

Thousands of Cypriot protesters have staged large demonstrations in past weeks, angered by months of lockdown, economic woes and a string of corruption scandals, as well as a rare police crackdown.
Global Europe 19-02-2021

Cyprus slams Turkey over asylum-seeker ‘burden’

Cyprus hit out at Turkey on Friday (19 February) for acts it said were behind the creation of a new migration route that had "disproportionally burdened" it with the EU's highest percentage of asylum-seekers.
Politics 15-02-2021

Cypriots protest against corruption, virus restrictions

Cypriot police on Saturday (13 February) used water cannon and tear gas to break up a rare protest in the capital, as hundreds demonstrated against government corruption and coronavirus restrictions.
Global Europe 12-02-2021

Turkey says it will only join Cyprus talks with two-state proposal

Turkey will only join talks to resolve decades of dispute over Cyprus with a proposal to establish two states on the island, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said, adding previous failed proposals should not be on the agenda.
Global Europe 09-02-2021

Erdogan tells Merkel he wants Turkey-EU summit by July

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a video call Monday (8 February) he hopes for a summit with European Union leaders in the first half of 2021 to ease tensions.

Cyprus to launch anti-graft reforms after passport scandal

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said Thursday (28 January) his government would announce major anti-graft reforms after it scrapped its controversial passport-for-investment scheme last year.