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Turkey needs a Cyprus deal By @EsraAygin

Turkey needs a Cyprus deal By @EsraAygin

By Esra Aygin An increasingly unstable political climate in the region, radical power alignments and the worst refugee crisis since World War II have heightened Turkey’s importance, making it an indispensable geostrategic asset for the European Union. In return for collaboration in addressing the refugee crisis and cooperation in energy, fight against terrorism, and diplomatic

Stratfor: Cyprus Makes Progress on Reunification Talks

Stratfor Intelligence forecasts that though Greek and Turkish Cypriots are getting closer to an agreement on reunifying the island, lingering obstacles will likely delay any deal for at least a year. It also said the ongoing reunification negotiations will make Cyprus less likely to use its veto power to impede progress in Turkey’s accession talks

Opening the way for Turkey’s EU accession depends on a fair reconciliation in Cyprus

A historic opportunity Following last week’s Turkey-EU summit, the EU has taken the first serious step toward Turkey’s accession and notified Turkey with a letter saying that it planned to open five strategic chapters in the membership process. The letter, which was signed by Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the EU’s executive body, the European

EU makes fresh commitment for 5 chapters whose opening is under Cyprus veto

How chapters will be opened? According to EU rules, there is a need for unanimity for the opening and provisional closing of every negotiation chapter, and even one member’s veto can suspend the process. There has been no progress on these five chapters so far because of the Greek Cypriot vote. However, diplomatic sources have

Ignore the dwarfs

Just minutes after the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels finished last Sunday, a wave of déjà vu swept over Cyprus. Turkey may have received €3 billion to contain the refugee flows into Europe plus a promise to restart its EU accession process as well as some visa waiver perks, but the government was satisfied; Cyprus’ unilateral

Turkish EU minister expects 2016 referendum on Cyprus

Negotiations to solve the Cyprus issue are the closest they have ever been to a breakthrough, Turkey’s EU minister said Friday. In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency following his meeting with European Commission First-Vice President Frans Timmermans in Brussels on Friday, Volkan Bozkir said: “The Cyprus issue is a problem that has been going

EU Enlargement Commissioner:EU does not have a plan B on Turkey’s EU bid if Cyprus problem is not solved

Turkish daily Sabah (03.12.15-online in English) reported that Turkey’s EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkύr, in the context of his contacts in Brussels, met on Thursday with the EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Miguel Arias Canete, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, the Commissioner for

Cyprus satisfied with Turkey-EU summit results

The Cyprus government has expressed its satisfaction over the results of the EU-Turkey Summit, held on Sunday in Brussels, focusing on the refugee crisis and Turkey`s role in curbing the influx of refugees to Europe. Cyprus also welcomed the support by leaders from the fellow member states in reminding Ankara over its obligations towards the Republic of

Junker: Cyprus solution needs ‘two to tango’

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday night that if the Cyprus issue was resolved in the coming months, Turkey’s membership of the EU would become a reality in the coming years. Davutoglu was speaking at a joint news conference in Brussels with EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

Davutoglu says EU-Turkey summit an ‘historic day’

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday called the EU-Turkey summit on the migrant situation an “historic day in our accession process”. As he entered the Brussels building, Davutoglu said the summit was historic as it signalled “a new beginning” for Turkey’s a path to Europe by “re-energising the process”, and said Turkey was grateful

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