chapter  10
Cyprus: The limits of European solidarity with a small member state
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Introduction Any study of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) must necessarily focus on what has been at the core of its politics and policies since 1974: the Turkish invasion, occupation, and colonization of 37 percent of its northern territory. Even after EU accession in 2004, the same “Cyprus Question” – also known as its “national problem” – prevails because membership did not work as a catalyst for resolving the problem (Diez 2000; Nanopoulos 2004; Stavridis 2006).Consequently, a solution to the current situation is regarded as necessary for a return to normality on the island, but also in the region as a whole: UN troops have been on the ground since 1964, one of the longest blue-helmets presences in the history of the organization. Although Cyprus is a unique case in the EU, it has now been a member state since May 2004, it joined the euro on 1 January 2008, and it held the rotating EU Council Presidency for the first time between July and December 2012. An assessment of the Europeanization of Cyprus’ foreign policy (or lack of it) is therefore a welcome development given the lack of attention paid to this topic.