Nicosia Uncut – Episode 42: Presidential race with no politics (3/10/2022)

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli shed a critical light on the presidential race in Republic of Cyprus: seems like the political programs are not the main pillars of this elections. A rather superficial race on slogans, characters and personalities, the candidates, save for exceptions, do not offer tangible political programs to the voters. The US has lifted the arms embargo on Cyprus and this created further tensions in the area which is witnessing harsh exchanges between the politicians in Turkey and Greece. Turkey continues to exert pressure to design politics in the Turkish Cypriot political life and this creates further reactions among the opposition circles.

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Decode Cyprus – Episode 5: Decoding the presidential campaign (2/10/2022)

Cypriot journalists Lefteris Adilinis and Esra Aygın provide an informative analysis on candidates and their strategies in the presidential elections of Republic of Cyprus, 2023. While former Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides continues to lead the polls; Andreas Mavrogiannis and Averof Neofithou, of AKEL and DISY respectively, trail behind. Other independent candidates are searching ways to unite their forces under a single candidate. We are fast approaching toward the end of 2022 and there seems to be a general belief that no candidate will secure enough votes to pull the plug in the first round.

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Decode Cyprus – Episode 1: Evaluating the Turkish Cypriot elections (25/1/2022)

Decode Cyprus - because in Cyprus, nothing is as it looks. In this first episode of Decode Cyprus, Esra Aygın and Lefteris Adilinis, two journalists from Cyprus discuss the Turkish Cypriot parliamentary elections that took place on 23 January 2022. The results are as follows: Faiz Sucuoğlu's UBP (right-wing nationalist): 39.61% -24 seats; Tufan Erhürman's CTP (left-wing social democrat): 31.91% - 18 seats; Fikri Ataoğlu's DP (right-wing liberal): 7.42% - 3 seats; Kudret Özersay's HP (centrist): 6.69% - 3 seats; Erhan Arıklı's YDP (right-wing of the Turkish origin voters): 6.44% - 2 seats. Total 50 seats. TDP (left-wing social…

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Nicosia Uncut – Episode 34: Cyprus: The land of pipe dreams (14/1/2022)

Cyprus is the land of impossible fantasies. One side thinks that the international community is now ready to accept a "two-state solution" in Cyprus, the other tries to play a global chess-game with a non-feasible, unrealistic "East Med Pipeline Project", something which was doomed to fail from the beginning. In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli discuss how the East Med Pipeline Project has falsely been promoted as a diplomatic success story for the internal consumption by the Greek Cypriot politicians. In the local scene, we have the elections mood in the air: The Turkish…

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