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A zero-sum game

A zero-sum game

Every autumn, politicians and hacks in Nicosia and in Ankara eagerly await the European Commission’s progress report on Turkey. The report is heavily scrutinised in an effort to establish if it is better or worse compared to the previous one. ‘Better’ or ‘worse’, of course, is entirely dependent upon which of the two countries you

Europe shows interest in Cyprus talks

European Commission official Pieter Van Nuffel has begun lending a hand as talks continue between Cyprus negotiators Andreas Mavrogiannis and Ozdil Nami. His first ‘sign of interest’, according to reports in Phileleftheros on Thursday, were shown during talks on Wednesday between Nami and Mavrogiannis and is a clear indication of the EU’s interest in the

Juncker sees huge benefits to Cyprus solution

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker has pledged to return to Cyprus after reunification and urged everyone to forget the past and support the leaders. Addressing a special session of the House of Representatives, Juncker said the two leaders are on the right track as he has ascertained from his meetings on Thursday with President

Turkey’s EU minister heralds ‘positive’ Cyprus talks

Volkan Bozkir says European Commission views negotiations as ‘highly positive’ Turkey’s EU Minister Volkan Bozkir on Wednesday welcomed the “highly positive” steps in negotiations over the divided island of Cyprus. Speaking to reporters at the European Commission in Brussels, Bozkir said: “Both the European Commission and the European Parliament see the steps taken to reach

UN banking on Juncker Cyprus visit

The United Nations are said to welcome the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker to the island next month as efforts continue from all sides for a Cyprus settlement. The announcement of Juncker’s visit to Cyprus was made back in May following President Nicos Anastasiades’ visit to the Latvian capital of Riga. Nicosia is also

Eide in Brussels for talks on Cyprus

The European Union looks set to play a bigger hand in the ongoing Cyprus talks as UN Special Envoy to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide prepares for high-level meetings in Brussels. Eide, who has seen relations warm in the last couple of months between the two leaders on the island, will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude

European Committee releases another €2m to support Committee on Missing Persons

There are 271 burial sites on the CMP’s excavation list THE European Commission has signed the seventh contribution agreement with the United Nations Development Programme providing a further €2.6m in support to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus. The first payment of over €2m has just been released. “These additional funds underline the