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Awkward moments as Erdoğan and Michel leave von der Leyen standing in chair snub

Eyebrows were raised as Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Council of Europe President Charles Michel took their seats, leaving European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen standing. The awkward start to the meeting on Tuesday between the European Union’s top two executives and the Turkish leader at the Turkish presidential palace in Ankara was captured […]

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Turkish Cypriot hellim producers can sell to EU through island-wide PDO, but will still face discrimination

After years of disputes, Cypriot cheese – known in Turkish as hellim and in Greek as halloumi – has been granted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status by the European Union. Member states “unanimously supported” the PDO proposals earlier today, which are applicable to “all parts of Cyprus”, according to a tweet by Elisa Ferreira, the European […]

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‘Greek bias’ costs EU observer role at upcoming Cyprus Talks

Josep Borrell’s visit to the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus on Friday didn’t generate the results he was hoping for, after the Turkish Cypriot President Ersin Tatar rebuffed his efforts for the European Union to attend as observers at the upcoming Cyprus summit. President Tatar issued a statement following his 5 March meeting with the […]

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Over 55s next for Covid jab after TRNC receives over 85,000 vaccinations

The coronavirus vaccination programme in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) continues to progress, with those aged 55-to-65 next in line for inoculation from the deadly virus. The TRNC received 2,000 Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccination jabs last Thursday, 18 Feb, as part of a larger batch sent to Cyprus by the European Union. TRNC […]

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South Cyprus under fire for discriminatory vaccination policy

The Greek Cypriot authorities have come under fire for implementing a discriminatory policy on the COVID-19 vaccines that are due to be delivered to the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) this week. Turkish Cypriots are set to receive two thousand Pfizer BioNTech vaccines sent by the European Union (EU) via South Cyprus, but accusations […]

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EU announces €31 million aid programme for Turkish Cypriots

Turkish Cypriots are set to receive financial boost to the tune of €31.6 million to help towards the cost of key infrastructure projects and for environmental protection. The funding from the European Union is in addition to the €5 million that was approved earlier this year. The latest announcement, made by the EU Commission on […]

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EU fails to act over Greek Cypriot ban on Green Line border crossing

The European Union is refusing to intervene in a row over South Cyprus suspending the Green Line Regulation for European citizens. Currently, visitors from EU countries and EU nationals resident in North Cyprus are prevented from crossing the Green Line border that divides the island into the Turkish North and the Greek South. Mustafa Akıncı, […]

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EU’s coronavirus ventilator aid arrives in North Cyprus 

Turkish Cypriots have received with vital medical equipment from the European Union  to help them fight against COVID-19. The European Commission, in close partnership with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) in Cyprus, successfully delivered 10 ventilators to North Cyprus on Tuesday, 30 June. This batch of equipment is in addition to the 30 ventilators previously […]

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President Akıncı snubbed by EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell

The President of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus Mustafa Akıncı was left fuming after Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, failed to meet with him during an official visit to Cyprus. Mr Borrell (pictured top) had travelled to the island on Thursday after holding meetings in Athens, Greece, to discuss Cyprus’ offshore […]