The recent European Parliament elections of the 26th of May 2019, has formed a new environment amongst the political groups and has created new dynamics that will be decisive for the future of the European Union. Everything was at stake. Taking in consideration that everything that has happened in the five years since the last European Parliament elections in 2014, the geopolitical crises and political upheavals that have rocked the Continent. Relations with Russia dramatically deteriorated following the March 2014 annexation of Crimea and the restraining measures that followed by EU, the migrant crisis that has tested Europe’s common borders and still is as an ongoing issue, the sparking of a nationalist upheaval. In 2016, British voters chose to leave the EU. The impact of Brexit on the European Union (EU) will result in social and economic changes to the Union, but also longer term political and institutional shifts. The extent of these effects remains speculative at the moment, until the precise terms of the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU becomes clear. With the EU’s policies on freedom of movement and the economic benefits and drawbacks which the UK and the EU provide each other with, there will be a clear impact with consequences for both institutions.
Europe needs politics; it needs its defenders to enter the arena and fight for ideas that can’t be left to bureaucrats.
Cyprus has also went through a lot of new challenges throughout the election campaign and is facing now a new framework of an innovative political situation.
European parliamentary elections of 2019 have marked an important political event that goes beyond the electoral process and the percentage of the votes that the parties and alliances have managed to accumulate.
For the first time in 55 years, the legal Cypriot citizens, are able to create the right conditions, which can topple Turkey’s political strategy, and lead to a democratic and viable solution.
The inclusion of the Turkish Cypriots in a unified electoral registry, by itself as a political action and without any reference to the rate of participation, communicates powerful and important messages.
The first message affirms the will of the Turkish Cypriot people to acknowledge the Republic of Cyprus as a sovereign state, thus coming in direct contrast with the rhetoric of the Turkish government, which not only denies to acknowledge the Republic of Cyprus existence, but through various actions it actively seeks to destroy it. Turkey, does not have diplomatic relations with Cyprus, claims that certain areas in Cyprus’ offshore maritime zone fall into the jurisdiction of Turkey or that of Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus of course, states that defining its EEZ is its sovereign right according The international law and the law of the sea.
The second message reaffirms in the best possible way, that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots are a single people and that we actively seek a unified nation in which we are all treated as equals in a secure environment, and without our political or personal rights being discriminated or deviated.The full implementation of the European acquis without derogations to the entirety of the island, with guarantees to the rights of private ownership, freedom of movement, habitation, and occupation. All of the above are elements which will lead to the full prevention of discrimination against citizens. After all, Cypriot citizens are European citizens.
The third and perhaps most important message puts the false presumptions- which Turkey has deliberately fabricated and which unfortunately has been widely accepted -in regards to the necessity of certain prerequisites in the solution of the Cyprus dispute. (guarantees, foreign armies on island, settlers) The aforementioned fabrications are aiming to aid Turkey’s plan in annexing the occupied area, considered to be Turkish Cypriot portion of the island and establish a puppet state, exclusively under Turkish government control.
Saying this. I would like to put forward the question to consider.
Why -us Cypriots- on the case of finding a viable solution, not implement a unified electoral registry – as we already did for european elections and amongst others, Republic of Cyprus has now elected and is represented also by a Turkish Cypriot MP -for the Republic’s presidential elections, as well as the referendum which would precedes the solution of the dispute?
The unified referendum affirms in the best way possible the existence of a single nation and a single people, which we believe is the case here in Cyprus of 2019.
A unified electoral registry would also work on the positive direction, for the election of a President and a Vice President. If the presidential candidate of a certain party is a Greek-Cypriot then the vice-presidential candidate should be a Turkish-Cypriot and vice versa. This system would encourage cooperation, common ideological grounds, nullify the need for affirmative voting. It will also guarantee that there would be no dead ends, since the government would be unified under the common political programme that was elected by the people, thus making the danger for the so called, Republic’s “mechanisms for solving dead ends” obsolete