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Greece and Turkey: on the road to nowhere or a chance for redemption?

Greece and Turkey: on the road to nowhere or a chance for redemption?

Ever since George Papandreou in his capacity as the Foreign Minister of the Hellenic Republic met his Turkish counterpart İsmail Cem for the first time in late June 1999 in New York, the two countries have found themselves involved in a process of rapprochement despite their differences. This has led to a number of political

Greek FM refuses to drink coffee with Turkish counterpart in Cyprus

Turkey‘s top diplomat recently said his Greek counterpart declined his proposal to drink coffee together in Cyprus as a sign of both countries’ willingness to reunify the divided island. “I’m not ready for that,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu quoted Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias as saying as he addressed Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Commission last

Is Turkey the odd man out as Egypt, Greece and Cyprus cozy up?

Egypt and Cyprus appear to be taking quick action on decisions they made with Greece during their December summit that addressed issues including the economy, energy and politics. On Jan. 4, Cypriot Minister of Agriculture Nicos Kouyialis visited Egypt and met with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and a number of Egyptian officials, including the ministers

Burcu sees solution benefits for all

A Cyprus solution will revolutionise how Turkish Cypriots are perceived in the global community, says Baris Burcu, adding they will be equal founding partners of an internationally recognised country. Burcu, head spokesman of the office of Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, was a guest on a live television programme in the north, according to Turkish

Leaders invited to joint meeting with Ban in Davos

The leaders of the island’s divided communities have been invited to attend a joint meeting in Switzerland with United Nations Secretary-General Bank Ban Ki-moon, it emerged on Thursday, but the Greek Cypriots have ruled out a wider meet to include the guarantors. Following his meeting with Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci, President Nicos Anastasiades tweeted that

Israel,Turkey,Egypt,Greece,Cyprus:Geopolitical puzzle game of high risk for 2016

The recent rapprochement between Turkey and Israel makes the geopolitical game around the Eastern Mediterranean more risky and especially its energy sector an even more cloudy sector in which Athens, Nicosia, Ankara, Israel, and Egypt want to invest and put a lot of hope already on it, but every country has a lot of obstacles

Give-and-take time for negotiations

By Esra Aygin Progress achieved in the negotiations to reunify Cyprus under a federal umbrella means the sides are just a stone’s throw away from the final give-and-take stage, according to a senior Turkish Cypriot source. The final give-and-take will involve painful political compromises across all the topics of the Cyprus problem, but mainly governance,

‘Intensive month’ ahead on issue of missing persons

January will be an intensive month for the issue of missing persons, Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner Fotis Fotiou told the Cyprus News Agency in an interview on Sunday. Fotiou said that not only would excavations begin at ten military sites in the north but also, the remains of a number of missing Greeks would be handed

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