George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life

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#Brexit mess

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way. #Brexit is a bad idea, which doesn’t seem bad to many (most?) Britons in the same way that the election of Donald Trump didn’t seem like the horrible idea that it is to many Americans, though it was obvious to the rest of the world. This week the Prime Minister brought forward a deal in the House of Commons, which was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs, including her own Tory backbenchers, many of whom want a harder brexit without binding ties to the EU. Considering that May failed to successfully engage and get the backing of MPs, the rejection of her deal was expected. What was surprising was the level of the failure, whose magnitude was unprecedented for our generation. Of course, consensus is seldom possible in peace time. The...

Rent and property prices in Cyprus

Many of my thirty something friends, having recently moved to Cyprus from studies or work abroad, mostly in the UK, are now considering options for long term accommodation; either to buy a ready-made house, build a new one, or buy a flat. Many of them work in finance or law and are more than competent to do the number-crunching necessary for an informed decision. They are perfectly equipped to quantify the pros and cons of whether to sell a flat, buy a plot, how much of their savings (if any) would they need to use, what mortgage to take and what income shall be generated from the renting of any existing property they own. I find interesting that, in many of these discussions, the assumption is made that current property prices, particularly for rent, will remain roughly the same, not...

The UN and the EU should use their carrots to steer towards a multicultural solution

Published in the Cyprus-Mail under the title “Role upgrade needed for EU and UN,” May 21st, 2015. Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots have not been able to solve the Cyprus problem between them. Neither have they been able to solve it through the involvement of their respective motherlands. The Cyprus problem will only be solved through the United Nations and the European Union, who are already involved in the process, and who should use the carrots that they hold in order to steer the two sides towards a multicultural solution. Bear with me, this is not yet another oft-repeated Cyprob cliché. The aforementioned intergovernmental organisations must promote the respect of diversity and the rights of all people — including non-dominant national minorities (e.g. Maronites...

Beware of the UK agreement with Cyprus, the price for the EU is too high

Today the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, met with the William Hague, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and tonight he will meet with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron. A quid pro quo took place. Cameron’s government agreed (amongst others) to allow the cultivation and development of land in the British Sovereign Bases and Anastasiades, in return, agreed to support the British government in its European Union reform agenda of returning power back to national governments.

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