Cyprus may torpedo EU-Turkey refugee deal | Europe | DW.COM | 15.03.2016

English: Map of the districts of Cyprus, named...

English: Map of the districts of Cyprus, named in English, with English annotations, and showing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, United Kingdom Sovereign Base Areas, and United Nations buffer zone. The individual maps see below. Deutsch: Karte der Distrikte Zyperns: Griechische Verwaltungszonen, Türkische Republik Nordzypern, UK-Militärbasen, UN-Pufferzone (englische Beschriftung). Zu den Einzelkarten siehe unten “Individual maps”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to DW, a top German news agency, shortly before another fateful EU summit on refugees, small, crisis-stricken Cyprus is being obstructive, making an agreement with Turkey all the more difficult to reach. An analysis is provided by DW’s Bernd Riegert.

Source: Cyprus may torpedo EU-Turkey refugee deal | Europe | DW.COM | 15.03.2016

As a resident in Cyprus, I take strong exception to the bias in this article. It assumes that anything proposed by Germany is best, so ‘be good children and play the game’.

Cyprus has suffered because Germany took a dislike to Russian investors in Cyprus. The terms of the Cyprus bailout were disgraceful. Unlike Greece, Cyprus has to date played the game and repaid her debts.

The Cyprus issues with Turkey are based upon international law and predate the current refugee crisis.

As a final word, Germany’s voters have recently shown Angela Merkel what they think of her policies on Syrian refugees.

Cyprus must play hardball and resist pressure from Angela Merkel.



2 responses

  1. Absolutely,Angela Merkel must be resisted otherwise Cyprus as a peaceful place in which to retire and live will be swamped by Turks and people who have become naturalised Turks and then transmuted into EU citizens within 5 years from now.
    The mantra has to be not one refugee or economic migrant and Cyprus has to remain sacrosanct at whatever cost lest it be subsumed into President Erdogan’s burgeoning latter day Ottoman empire.

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