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Politis - Cyprus | 28/05/2015

Cyprus problem not about the occupation

The outgoing US ambassador to Cyprus, John M. Koenig, praised the progress made in the talks aimed at overcoming the island's division on Tuesday. He also said that the Turkish invasion and occupation of the north was not the core of the Cyprus problem. The liberal daily Politis also believes Nicosia has long since run out of arguments against Turkey's Cyprus policy: "It's important to answer the following question: How many people still believe that the Cyprus problem is primarily about the occupation and invasion? … Regardless of how annoying we find the US ambassador's comments, the fact is that he spoke a truth that no one can deny any longer: apart from what is written in a few dusty UN resolutions there are few who see Cyprus that way. And since the Greek Cypriots' 'no' to reunification in 2004 even fewer see it that way. … It's no mere coincidence that in recent years we haven't seen any calls for more such resolutions either from the UN or elsewhere."

Politis - Cyprus | 26/02/2015

Greeks' fatal fondness for symbolic figures

In Greece the famous composer Mikis Theodorakis has asked Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to push harder for an end to the austerity policy. This intervention by a symbolic figure of the left is typical of Greece - and anything but productive, the liberal daily Politis criticises: "The country has destroyed itself because the Greeks voted for their political symbols, worshipped them and made icons of them in order to have them govern the country. ... The Greeks have always lived with symbols without seeing reality. For them it's only natural that famous singers, composers, actors, directors - and even athletes - should have an opinion on political and social events. And they attach special importance to those opinions even before they have heard them."

Politis - Cyprus | 04/09/2013

Nicosia could not ward off Assad's missiles

Military intervention against the Syrian regime would not pose major problems for Cyprus, the Cypriot Justice Minister Ionas Nikolaou stressed at the beginning of the week. The liberal daily Politis takes issue with this statement, pointing out that Nicosia would be unprepared should Syrian armed forces decide to attack the British military bases on Cyprus: "How will we react to such a scenario? We hope we won't just be left to our own devices. And we also hope that we won't have to rely on the police force's firefighting aircraft, because it can't possibly deal with missiles. ... If the minister expects us to believe that the whole situation has been evaluated, that all the necessary measures have been taken and that there's nothing to worry about, he may as well just order a coffee, eat a biscuit and shut up. Because to use the vernacular, sometimes it's better to chew than to talk."

Politis - Cyprus | 18/06/2013

Europe also has problems with police violence

The Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said Europeans should be sparing with their criticism of violence by the Turkish police. Telling critics to mind their own business, he pointed to the example of Greece. The liberal daily Politis agrees: "The images of police deployments during demonstrations in London, Madrid and Rome are not very different from those we've seen coming out of Istanbul. ... The pictures from Athens were sometimes even worse. It's no coincidence that Erdoğan mentioned Greece. Like all of us, he too saw the images of special forces beating pensioners in Athens, as well as the other incidents [in Europe] in recent years where freedom and human rights have been trampled underfoot. However the tragic thing about all this is that the violence being meted out in police stations in Turkey - a country that was a master at torture until recently - is not all that different from the violence at police stations in Greece."

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