Time for Cyprus’s reunification has come–but Erdogan holds the key #guardian


Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akıncı at a cafe in Nicosia

Eclipsed by the state of tumult in the region, a quiet miracle has occurred in the eastern Mediterranean, where Cyprus has come back from the brink of economic disaster in a recovery that would be the envy of its cousins in Greece.

As the race to reunite the divided island begins in earnest on Friday, in a meeting between the leaders of its Turkish and Greek communities, there is mounting evidence that the EU’s most easterly state could be heading for a new era. “The moment of truth has arrived,” says Hubert Faustmann, an associate professor of history and political science at the University of Nicosia. “The coming weeks will be decisive.”

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