From junk to jewel

Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides made a bold declaration this week, telling investors that Cyprus can be a financial hub in the eastern Mediterranean and very soon become a ‘triple A’ economy. But

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Ensuring scholarships for excellence

What should have been a smooth parliamentary process this week to approve the annual budget of the Cyprus State Scholarships Foundation rekindled an old argument about what defines academic excellence and who

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Energy back on Cyprus agenda

A few years back, energy discoveries and prospects were considered a ‘game changer’, not just elevating Cyprus’ role in regional issues but also helping resolve the island’s division. The lack of progress

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Higher education must widen horizons

The University of Cyprus Rector Tasos Christofides was re-elected this week, unopposed, to a second four-year term and laid his next priority to elevate the state institution to an international level. This

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COVID has slipped off campaign menu

New COVID infections and hospitalisations have steadily increased this past month, with only 20% of those eligible getting jabbed with the updated vaccine for the ΒΑ.1, ΒΑ.4 and ΒΑ.5 subvariants of Omicron.

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GHS: How do we pay for it all?

While the fledgling national health system (GHS) in Cyprus is a welcome development and very popular, every Cypriot seems to imagine the modest patient contribution they are required to make somehow pays

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Balconies without a view

Limassol avoided a tragedy this week when a pedestrian, hearing the loud noise from a balcony breaking off a condemned building, jumped away in time and narrowly escaped with scratches and light

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Energising the East Med

Two landmark events this week allowed Cyprus to get back on the regional and European energy map. The current administration has kept energy high on its agenda. Still, the next holders of

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Cracks in the thin blue line

The police are in the spotlight again, with accusations of foul play in the investigation of recent murders, the lack of thorough work in earlier cases and a general absence of officers

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A lone star that no longer shines

The government seems to have had second thoughts on rushing through parliament a protectionist measure to prevent an American investment fund from taking over the Bank of Cyprus. This bill was supposed

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