My previous article, titled Elections at DIKO: change of leadership, change of direction?, published the day after the elections at DIKO, briefly examines whether the outcome of the elections is going to affect the negotiations for the solution to the Cyprus problem. This article has been translated into Turkish and published in the Turkish Cypriot […]
Nicolas Papadopoulos, the newly elected president of DIKO, is the son of the former president of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and is largely expected to follow the political path of his late father. Nicolas has more robust preferences when it comes to the Cyprus problem, whereas the former president of DIKO, Marios Garoyian, […]
Yesterday an article of mine on the rise of the Golden Dawn has been published in Guardian’s Comment is Free section. I will not open the comments here, since you can comment on the original article. I have made a few more remarks on the practical side of things on my facebook wall, which you can […]
This article has been published yesterday by BusinessInsider under the title CYPRUS ONE MONTH LATER: Uncertainty Has Broken The Morale Of The People. I have previously contributed to BI, with pictures of the Bank of Cyprus protest outside the Central Bank and with a brief comment on the first reactions to the Eurogroup meeting.
There is a view, prevalent amongst the supporters of the European Union in the countries of the South, that the Euro is too big to fail and that it will survive whatever the costs. Thus, the argument goes, a country in dire economic situation, like Cyprus, should hang in there until the eurocrisis is over.
Ι remember this day back in 2008. On 21 April 2008 I wrote: Το άνοιγμα του οδοφράγματος της Λήδρας δεν σημαίνει λύση στο Κυπριακό πρόβλημα. Είναι όμως ακόμα ένα βήμα προς αυτήν. Σήμερα η ώρα 5μμ θα είμαστε εκεί, με σκοπό να δώσουμε ξεκάθαρο το μήνυμα της επανένωσης. The opening of the checkpoint at Ledras […]
Yesterday I took part in Al Jazeera’s The Stream, where we talked about Cyprus. Video conferencing failed me, so I participated via phone. I talked twice. The first question was about who I thought is mostly to blame for the situation in Cyprus. I argued that the Eurozone Ministers of Finance are mostly to blame […]
Cyprus has been at the centre of international attention for a couple of weeks. Information was flowing from every direction and the local and international news agencies reproduced everything – from unverified rumours about the resignation of the Minister of Finance during his visit in Russia, to imaginary offers to buy one of the two […]
I don’t see how Cyprus can remain within the Eurozone and potentially recover. The overnight destruction of the financial sector left the economy of Cyprus devastated. All of us already know people who have lost their jobs and people that will soon lose them. The hope is that new productive sectors will be developed that […]
Today the people of my country were united. We have been attacked by the countries of the Eurozone. We have even been betrayed by the Greeks that many Greek Cypriots naively consider their allies. Today, instead of running to the banks and maximising the damage caused by the European ‘partners’, the Cypriots were civilised and […]
I am a bit shocked about the way Cypriots of my age conceptualise and analyse the riots in the UK. I was a recipient of quite a few remarks against what they described as people who live on benefits and who are driven by consumerism rather than by a genuine anger against the conservative policies. […]
When in Cyprus, one cannot escape the occasional reference to ‘values’. The ‘rhetoric of values’ is often expressed through a legalistic interpretation of political and social affairs in order to give a seemingly undisputed interpretation of reality. When this rhetoric is applied, the analysis is abstracted from reality in order to give an account of […]