Under pressure to open chapters

Under pressure to open chapters

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades is in Madrid for the European People’s Party (EPP) congress, where he will deliver a speech on Thursday on the role of Europe in regional conflicts and try to allay fears at home that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pressure Cyprus to back down on some chapters that are blocking Turkey’s EU accession.

Deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said that at the congress, which began on Wednesday and ends on Friday, president Anastasiades is set to hold separate meetings with state leaders.

The president, Papadopoulos said, is to deliver a speech on the “European prospects and the preventive role Europe can play in regional conflicts”.

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