Middle Eastern countries

Cyprus banks plan how to turn green

Cypriot banks are urging a combination of government and regulatory policies to achieve a healthy, effective and optimal green transition.

Banks stress their key role in this transition, emphasizing that while they should make significant financial contributions, the government must also align its policies with the banks to facilitate the green transition.

Chances of Cyprus peace talks restart look dimmer as Turkish Cypriot leader sees no common ground

Chances of restarting formal talks to mend Cyprus' decades-long ethnic division appeared dimmer Wednesday as the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots told a UN envoy that he saw no common ground with Greek Cypriots for a return to negotiations.

Blending plates beyond borders

The moment our plane landed the Lefkoşe (Nicosia) airport, I realized how much I missed the island. North Cyprus used to be a regular stop for me, especially in early spring when it was just the right time for wild asparagus, the so-called "Ayrelli" in Cypriot Turkish.

Europe Day celebrations in Cyprus mark 20 years in EU

Events celebrating Europe Day and the 20th anniversary of Cyprus' accession to the EU are being organized this week by the European Parliament Office in Cyprus and the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, with the participation in two of them, of the Cypriot president Nikos Christodoulides, and the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides.

The US reluctance to call Turkey’s presence in Cyprus an occupation

This summer will mark 50 years since Turkey's invasion of Cyprus, and for the last five decades tens of thousands of Turkish occupation troops have been present in the northern part of the island. 50 years later, the US still refuses to officially recognize Turkey's illegal occupation as an occupation.

Von der Leyen to unveil aid for Lebanon to stop refugee flows, says Cyprus

The European Union will offer economic aid to Lebanon when the European Commission and Cypriot presidents jointly visit Beirut on Thursday, a Cypriot official has said.

Cyprus has grown increasingly concerned at a sharp increase in the number of Syrian refugees making their way to the island. Lebanon, a mere 185 km away from Cyprus, hosts hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

Cyprus tourism up 5% in first quarter

The deputy minister of tourism for Cyprus, Kostas Koumis, said on Friday that tourism has been showing a solid northward trend since the start of the year. 

He went on to note that provisional statistics from the first quarter of 2024 demonstrate an increase of more than 5% compared to the same period last year.