About: Northern Cyprus

Global Europe 09-09-2021

Turkey slams Cyprus over removal of ‘Ataturk praise’ from textbook

Turkey on Wednesday (8 September) "strongly condemned" an instruction by the Cypriot administration for English teachers to rip out a page in a textbook mentioning Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.
Global Europe 25-08-2021

Turkish Cypriot leader says Nicosia is violating passport rights

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Tuesday (24 August) criticised a decision by Greek Cypriot rivals to rescind his passport, saying the move was designed to undermine his community.
Global Europe 30-07-2021

Blue Homeland: Turkey’s Strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean

The purpose of the Blue Homeland strategy is that Turkey should dominate the Mediterranean and reclaim the mercantile and maritime power once held by the Ottomans, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
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...
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.
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.
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 19-01-2021

Turkey blocks Cyprus from joining UN disarmament talks

Talks aimed at overcoming a years-long deadlock over disarmament at the United Nations began in acrimony on Monday (18 January) with two countries blocking rivals from taking part in widely criticised manoeuvres that sparked concern about the forum’s future.
Global Europe 08-12-2020

The EU and Turkey: Three scenarios

The volatile situation around Erdoğan’s Turkey poses a dilemma for EU decision makers. Three scenarios can be envisaged for how the EU handles tensions with Ankara, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Global Europe 16-11-2020

Erdogan says Cyprus to stay divided, visits ‘ghost town’ in Turkish-held north

Turkey's president said he favours a permanent "two-state" division of Cyprus during a visit Sunday to the breakaway Turkish-held north condemned as a provocation by the internationally recognised Greek-speaking south.
Global Europe 27-10-2020

Erdogan plans picnic at reopened Cypriot ghost town

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday (26 October) said he would visit on 15 November a beach resort sealed off for decades in northern Cyprus before it controversially reopened this month.
Global Europe 19-10-2020

Turkish Cypriots elect Erdogan’s candidate amid east Med tensions

Turkish Cypriots in breakaway northern Cyprus on Sunday (18 October) narrowly elected right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar, backed by Ankara, in a run-off poll, at a time of heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.
Global Europe 12-10-2020

Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Med tensions

Turkish-held northern Cyprus, a breakaway state recognised only by Ankara, voted Sunday (11 October) for a new leader, amid charges of meddling by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Global Europe 07-10-2020

EU frowns at North Cyprus pre-election stunt

Authorities in breakaway northern Cyprus are to open the coastal section of the long-fenced-off disputed town of Varosha, a Turkish Cypriot leader announced Tuesday (6 October) ahead of elections at the weekend.
Global Europe 25-09-2020

Cyprus says committed to reunification talks, but not at gunpoint

Cyprus is committed to reunification talks with estranged Turkish Cypriots but not at gunpoint, its president said on Thursday (24 September) on a dispute which has deepened Greece-Turkey tensions and stymied European Union policy-making on Belarus.
Europe's East 18-09-2020

Cyprus blocks EU’s Belarus sanctions plan

Plans by the European Union to slap sanctions on Belarus have fallen into disarray, sources say, a hostage to internal politicking that one EU official described as a threat to the bloc's credibility.
Politics 14-08-2020

Independent Cyprus turns 60 without much ado

Cyprus marks 60 years since independence from Britain without fanfare on Sunday (16 August), as the small island remains divided and home to foreign bases and a UN peacekeeping force.

Nicosia struggles with migrants crossing from Northern Cyprus

In the thick of the coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, authorities gave a group of asylum seekers a stark choice: move to an overcrowded camp or go home.
Global Europe 26-11-2019

Berlin hosts ‘different’ Cyprus reunification talks

UN chief António Guterres said Monday (25 November) he agreed to work towards setting up a new round of informal talks with rival Cypriot leaders, after the parties acknowledged at a Berlin meeting that any fresh discussions "must be different".
Global Europe 12-11-2019

EU takes step closer to Turkey drilling sanctions

The EU on Monday (11 November) moved a step closer to imposing sanctions over Turkey's drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus by formally adopting a legal framework to target those involved.
Global Europe 07-10-2019

US warns Turkey over offshore drilling near Cyprus

There are rules in exploring energy resources in the Mediterranean Sea, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday (5 October), warning Turkey not to engage in drilling activity that is "illegal" and "unacceptable".
Global Europe 04-10-2019

Tensions grow as Cyprus says Turkish drilling ship violates its rights

Tensions between Cyprus and Turkey over offshore drilling intensified on Friday (4 October) when Nicosia said a decision to send a ship to an area it had already licensed was a "severe escalation" of Turkish violations of its sovereign rights.
Languages & Culture 25-09-2019

New MEP asks Commission for Turkish to become official EU language

New leftist Cypriot MEP Akel Niyazi Kizilyurek asked the EU Commission whether Turkish could be the EU's 25th language. According to the MEP, this would be one way to prepare for the future reunification of the island of Cyprus. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Energy 23-08-2019

Erdogan says Turkey to press ahead with gas search off Cyprus

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday (22 August) hit out at EU measures to punish Ankara for drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean and vowed to press ahead with gas search in the region.