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The challenges of 2016

The challenges of 2016

The people of Cyprus will start 2016 hoping to see major landscapes on both the political and economic scene. Here are some of the basic challenges needing urgent implementation during the next 12 months. Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci have until the summer to forge a deal on the Cyprus problem. The presidential election campaign

A meaningless protest

On November 15, 32 years ago, the Denktash regime unilaterally declared the north an independent state with Turkey’s blessing. Every year since then, people in the south have observed the anniversary by demonstrating against it. In the first few years, huge crowds took part in protests, but more recently the mantle of objecting to the

Editorial: We need daring leaders

This week, the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders will embark on a two-month journey whose final destination will either be a peace agreement or establish beyond doubt that the Cyprus problem cannot be solved within the current model of a bicommunal, bizonal federation. Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci have until the end of December

Editorial: Financing the solution

The economics of a Cyprus settlement have finally found their way to the forefront of meetings the two sides have had with international actors both on a political and financial level. This issue was overshadowed by public disagreements on property and EU matters but both Anastasiades and Akinci had the opportunity to discuss ways of

Think before you speak

By now, an experienced politician like Mustafa Akinci should know the impact that provocative statements can have on Cyprus’ reunification process. As such, the Turkish Cypriot leader’s recent comment on gas – and namely that the Republic’s mismanagement could be a casus belli –can only be perceived as provocative. Even if it wasn’t, it was

Ozersay and the EU acquis

Last month former Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Ozersay wrote a Facebook post in which he took issue with the reference to the EU acquis by UN envoy Espen Barth Eide. During an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, Eide said the European Commission would be involved in how to make the settlement “fully compatible with

Climate is a game changer

For the first time in many years, public opinion has started to shift towards support for a bizonal, bicommunal federal Cyprus. According to a very recent government poll, just 23% to 25% of the electorate would vote “no” in a reunification referendum – regardless of what happens at the negotiating table. Meanwhile, over half of

Editorial: A “No” orchestra at work

For the first time in many years, the talks towards resolving the island’s division seem to be on the right track. At the helm of the negotiating teams are two leaders, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, committed to reaching a settlement. The process is moving quickly, giving observers the impression that significant progress – if

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