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The British troop issue is off-the-table as long as the Cyprus problem is still there. Antagonizing the Brits is useful only in terms of friendly threats.

For the longterm, this is a Falklands situation inside the EU. The British attitude toward the Cyprus bases is still one of a colonial master. And I'm especially referring to the fact that the Cypriots living on the bases (the bases themselves are HUGE, look at a map) do not have rights as EU citizens.

As for Christofias' background, his moves might be circumscribed by the fact that Cyprus's tax base and social safety net is (probably) the lowest in the EU. There is easily a lot of headroom for raising taxes, but it smacks into the main business of Cyprus (banking, tourism, shipping).

by Upstate NY on Sun Feb 24th, 2008 at 05:54:39 PM EST
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The British troop issue is off-the-table as long as the Cyprus problem is still there. Antagonizing the Brits is useful only in terms of friendly threats.

But do you think the quoted part did mean the Brits, too?

If we are here, do the Turkish Cypriots and their political leaders have any opinion on the British presence in the South?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Feb 24th, 2008 at 06:03:32 PM EST
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No, these guys simply do not change policy from administration to administration. It's such a small place. Strategically, taking on the Brits on this is ill-advised.
by Upstate NY on Sun Feb 24th, 2008 at 06:18:55 PM EST
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