Jim Armitage: Cyprus - an unloved member of the eurozone
Jim Armitage is the City editor of The Independent and London Evening Standard group of newspapers. He has been a reporter and editor for more than 20 years and was recently shortlisted for the Press Gazette financial journalist of the year and The Society of Editors financial journalist of the year awards. He contributes news, investigative reports and comment to the Independent titles plus a daily column in the Evening Standard.
Saturday 23 March 2013
If large numbers of Cypriots seem to loathe the Eurocrats, I'm told the feeling's fairly mutual.
Certain quarters of the EU brigade are particularly irritated at the way Cyprus regularly thwarts attempts to bring Turkey closer into the fold. Its closeness to Russia and tax haven status also irks many.
It's been said that Cyprus was only admitted into the EU at all in 2002 after Greece threatened to veto the whole enlargement project.
A Brussels contact tells me that Cyprus is known widely in the corridors of EU power as the Trojan Donkey. I'm not entirely sure what that metaphor means, but it doesn't sound particularly flattering, does it?
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