EP Condemns Turkish Invasion of Syria

Socialists and Democrats have strongly condemned Turkish military intervention against Kurdish-led forces in Northeast Syria, calling Ankara to immediately and permanently halt it. The Russia-Turkey deal reached yesterday legitimises the Turkish invasion of a 32 kilometre zone along the Syrian border and the refoulement of 2 million refugees. All of these are grave violations of…

Bitter Lemons

Bitter Lemons

Cyprus emerged as the number one issue on the international political arena recently, writes Leyla Tavsonoglu. The Greek Cypriot Government, enjoying the full benefits of being the sole EU member of the island, disregarding the Turkish Cypriot side, in partnership with Israel and Egypt, continues drilling for natural gas and oil on the Cypriot continental shelf. …

EPP Group Wants To Redefine Relations With Turkey

EU Turkey Relations

The European Parliament has adopted the European Commission’s revised report on Turkey. Once called the ‘Progress report on Turkey’, the document is now just the ‘Turkey 2018 report’. This means that in the eyes of Europe, Turkey has regressed, not made progress towards its ambitions to join the EU. “Turkey is an important neighbour of…

Cyprus: Is No Solution A Solution?

Cyprus: Is No Solution

Cyprus has long been a bone of contention between Turkey and Greece and the third guarantor power of the island, the UK, writes Leyla Tavsanoglu. I don’t want to delve into Cypriot history as it has been repeated time and time over. My aim is to understand whether the parties involved on the island’s problems…