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Turkish Cypriot MPs warn of Greek Cypriot bid to scrap EU direct trade pledge

GREEK Cypriot political party leaders are trying to “cancel” a pledge made by the European Union to allow North Cyprus to trade directly with the bloc, a cross-party group of Turkish Cypriot MPs has warned. Three MPs from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) were in Brussels recently at the same time as the […]

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Cypriot MEP under fire for opening an office in North Cyprus

A CYPRUS MEP has followed through with his plans to open an office in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The decision by Niyazi Kızılyürek, an MEP for the Greek Cypriot communist party Akel, was slammed by South Cyprus parties. The office, located on Muzaffer Paşa Caddesi, near the Ledra Palace crossing, was formally opened […]

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Greece slammed over human rights violation of Turkish minority

Greece has failed to implement a human rights ruling against the closure of Turkish associations, 10 years after it was handed down. The country was slammed by the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe’s statutory decision-making body, over a case relating to the “violations of the right to freedom of association”as set out in […]

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TRNC officials seize toxic tomatoes and peppers following lab tests

  Tests conducted by North Cyprus’ Department of Agriculture between 27 April and 3 May 2018 found the levels of pesticides used on most imported and home-grown produce, such as peppers, strawberries and tomatoes, to be within legally acceptable levels. However, 6% of the produce failed their toxicity tests. A list issued by the Department […]

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MEPs dash Europe-wide “daft and damaging” döner ban attempt

  MEPs backed the kebab industry on Wednesday after the European Parliament voted against banning phosphates required to keep döner meat juicy and full of flavour. The vote came after the European Commission (EC) put forward a proposal to authorise the use of the natural additives in frozen “vertical meat spits” in order to bring […]

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European Parliament votes to suspend accession talks with Turkey until “justice” returns

  One of the European Union’s major institutions has called for a reorientation of its relationship with Turkey. The European Parliament wants the EU’s accession talks with the candidate country to be suspended if Ankara implements plans to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers. These new powers, voted in after a controversial referendum in April, […]

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Europe: can Turkey be a template for post-Brexit Britain?

  After a shocking loss of their parliamentary majority for the Conservative Party, the prospect of the United Kingdom pursuing a Hard Brexit from the European Union where Britain would pull out of the Single Market appears fleeting. The ever more likely impending Soft Brexit may lighten the load for future British negotiators trying to […]