In the mean time, Cyprus talks resumed… A FP roundup…

Is this a new chance for Cyprus?


My readers know I have rarely been hopeful about a Cyprus settlement. My skepticism only increased after the demise of the Annan Plan that I supported in 2003-2004 in my various articles and commentaries at the time

Erdoğan-Gülen rift hits European Parliament talks


The suggestion from a MEP to invite a representative from the Gülen movement to speak at a meeting on Turkey?s progress report sparked intense discussions


Cross-talks to start on Cyprus after key deal


Hopes for a solution to Cyprus? division are at their highest in years, as island envoys prepare for historic cross visits to Athens and Ankara


Cyprus reunification talks resume


Talks on the reunification of Cyprus resume after an 18-month break as the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders meet on neutral territory.

High stakes as Greeks and Turks revive Cyprus peace talks


Stalled negotiation resuscitated in time for 40th anniversary of Turkish invasion ? and this time there are strategic reasons why it may work

After four months of intense haggling over an eight paragraph long joint communique, Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish leaders will on Tuesday revive stalled peace talks with the aim of once and for all reuniting the island.

Chypre : le projet de réunification relancé


Les Echos (France) no. 21625, mercredi 12 février 2014, p. 15 Catherine Chatignoux Les négociations reprennent cette semaine dans un contexte radicalement nouveau. La réunification de Chypre est à nouveau à l?ordre du jour. Les dirigeants du nord et du sud de l?île, divisée depuis 1974, se sont rencontrés hier en terrain neutre, sur l?aéroport

Israeli minister says Turkish PM Erdoğan blocking Mavi Marmara deal


‘I am in favour of an agreement with Turkey, but (the current impasse) is Erdoğan’s fault,’ Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israeli press

Turkey Struggles to Protect Its Lira

The frenzy of currency traders at Istanbul?s Grand Bazaar is a demonstration of how the value of Turkey?s money is determined largely by events beyond the country?s control.

Turkey?s credit rating downgrade not yet an issue: S&P


A senior Standard & Poor?s analyst has said the agency?s recent cut of Turkey?s credit outlook does not necessarily mean the country?s credit rating grade will be trimmed

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu: Turkey hopeful for ?last chance? on Cyprus


The new round of talks between Turkish and Greek Cypriot officials for renunification will be a last chance for the divided island, the Turkish FM says, while voicing hope for a solutio

Europeanization, Framing Competition and Civil Society in the EU and Turkey


GTE Working Paper (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No. 6, 10 February 2014, 21 p. by Ayhan Kaya & Raffaele Marchetti * This paper examines the relationship between the European Union and Turkey with a particular focus on the Europeanization of Turkish civil society. The Occupygezi movement has revealed that a more comprehensive approach needs to be taken

Turkey-EU: ?Lapse in interest on both sides?


Deutsche Welle (Germany) 10.02.2014 Interview by Nicole Goebel EU accession talks started in 2005, but negotiations have stalled. The EU is unhappy with several human rights and reform issues, but Fadi Hakura from Chatham House thinks neither side is that keen on membership anyway. DW: The handling of the protests in Gezi Park last year


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