In Pictures: Protest in Cyprus draws water cannon, arrests

Police in Cyprus have used water cannon and tear gas to break up a protest against corruption and lockdown measures imposed over the COVID-19 pandemic, witnesses said. Several hundred people had gathered to protest on Saturday just beyond the medieval walls of Nicosia, the capital of the east Mediterranean island. At least one person who […]

Cyprus police use tear gas at rally against graft, COVID curbs

Police in Cyprus have fired tear gas and used water cannon in rare skirmishes with protesters rallying against corruption and restrictions imposed over the coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds of protesters on Saturday gathered at a park in central Nicosia where they were surrounded by dozens of police officers in riot gear. Several groups including left-wing and […]

The Cyprus conundrum: A new direction? #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Earlier this month, Northern Cyprus held its presidential elections amid heightened tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. On October 18, Ersin Tatar of the National Unity Party won 51.74 percent of the vote in a tightly contested runoff against incumbent President Mustafa Akıncı. The election was perceived as a popular vote on how to proceed with […]

EU Parliament highly critical of golden passport schemes #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

MEPs left wondering why it was ‘brave journalists’ and not the EU who revealed flaws in passport schemes. Members of the European Parliament were highly critical of EU countries offering citizenship through investment programmes following revelations by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit that showed criminals could possibly buy Cypriot passports. Earlier this week, the EU announced […]

EU takes legal action against Cyprus, Malta over passport schemes #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

European Commission begins legal process, saying citizenship through investment schemes undermine essence of EU citizenship. The European Commission announced on Tuesday it would start “infringement procedures” against Cyprus and Malta over their controversial citizenship through investment programmes. The commission said that selling citizenship “undermines the essence of EU citizenship”. Infringement procedures are the EU equivalent […]

Turkey begins military exercises in Northern Cyprus

Turkey’s armed forces on Sunday began annual exercises in the breakaway republic of Northern Cyprus – an entity recognised only by Ankara – as tensions continue to rise with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey’s hunt for gas and oil reserves in waters claimed by Greece has put a huge strain on the relationship between […]

Cyprus to strip seven people of ‘golden passports’

Cyprus has said it will strip seven people of their “golden passports” that were bought in the country’s citizenship-by-investment scheme. The move comes two weeks after Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit published The Cyprus Papers, a trove of leaked documents that showed the country sold passports to convicted criminals, fugitives from the law and those considered to […]

US partially lifts decades-old arms embargo on Cyprus

The United States has said it will lift for one year its decades-old arms embargo on Cyprus to allow “non-lethal” military goods to be sold to the Mediterranean island. In a move which was immediately slammed by Turkey, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed Republic of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades of the change in […]

‘Hypocritical’: Turkey condemns EU’s move over east Mediterranean

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay has slammed a recent threat by the European Union to slap Ankara with sanctions as “hypocritical” as his country prepares to carry out a military drill off the coast of Cyprus amid tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. Oktay’s comments on Saturday came a day after Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign […]

EU justice chief mulls legal action over Cyprus ‘golden passports’

European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders says he will consider legal action to stop Cyprus from selling citizenship. This comes after a week of reports from Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. The Cyprus Papers, obtained by Al Jazeera, show that convicted criminals and fugitives are using the Cypriot citizenship-by-investment scheme – or the “golden passports” – to […]

Cyprus’s dirty secrets

It was a typically chilly December morning in the Vietnamese capital. A phalanx of press had gathered outside the formidable Hanoi People’s Court; a grand, white, pillared structure that was the venue for the trials of senior Communist Party officials accused of malfeasance, with all the proceedings televised. It looked like 66-year-old former Minister of […]

Cyprus cashes in as haven for elites fearful of home countries

Rich Chinese and Arab officials and businesspeople have in large numbers bought Cypriot passports in an attempt to escape the restrictive regimes of their home countries, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has found. The Cyprus Papers, a huge leak of Cypriot passport application data obtained by Al Jazeera, reveal more than 500 Chinese nationals and 350 […]

Chinese, Saudis among buyers of Cyprus’s ‘golden passports’

Among others, many wealthy Chinese and Arabs have bought Cypriot passports in an attempt to escape the restrictive regimes of their home countries, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has found. The Cyprus Papers obtained by Al Jazeera reveal more than 500 Chinese nationals and 350 Arabs who were approved for Cypriot citizenship after investing at least […]

How rich Russians turned Cyprus into ‘Moscow on the Med’

More than 1,000 Russians obtained a Cypriot passport through Cyprus’s citizenship-by-investment scheme, Al Jazeera can reveal after an investigation of more than 1,400 leaked documents. The Cyprus Papers consist of 1,471 applications, containing the names of 2,544 people who received a Cypriot passport between late 2017 and late 2019. The documents obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative […]

Exclusive: Cyprus sold passports to ‘politically exposed persons’

A huge leak of confidential Cypriot government documents obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit called The Cyprus Papers reveals that dozens of high-level officials and their families bought so-called “golden passports” from Cyprus between late 2017 and late 2019. Among those who bought the passports, worth a minimum investment of $2.5m each, were elected politicians of several countries, board […]