In 2024, Cyprus faces economic challenges due to regional conflicts, potential disruptions to the Suez Canal traffic, rising energy costs, and increasing prices of essential goods. Business leaders are urging the government to implement reforms such as digitalization of public services and reducing bureaucracy, while managing the public sector payroll. The Cyprus issue and the potential withdrawal of UN peacekeeping forces also pose threats to economic stability.
Archbishop Georgios III’s firm stance on the Church’s involvement in secular affairs regarding the Cyprus issue undermines potential reunification efforts and the strength of the European Union. His refusal to engage with the occupied north perpetuates the status quo and hinders progress towards a resolution.
Members of the European Parliament from Cyprus are demanding stricter EU measures toward Turkey, including uniform enforcement of the customs union and Turkey opening its ports to Cyprus. They criticize the EU’s lenient stance compared to its swift sanctions against Russia, urging for consistent and immediate actions in response to Turkey’s actions in Cyprus.
A key conversation between Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis signals a hopeful turn in GreekTurkish relations, potentially aiding Cyprus. Diplomatic progress, including talks of joint hydrocarbon exploitation and a focus on regional stability, suggests a cooperative future could be on the horizon, with benefits extending to Cyprus.
Stefanos Stefanou, the General Secretary of Akel, urgently called for the immediate assembly of the National Council to address rising tensions in the Ayios Dhometios buffer zone and discuss strategies to resolve the ongoing Cyprus issue. The meeting aims to ensure the safety of local residents and find a solution to the current standstill in negotiations.