Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. It has inhabitants of Greek and of Turkish origin.
In 1974 Turkey invaded the north in response to a military coup on the island which had been supported by the Greek government. The island (and capital city Nicosia) has since been divided with Turkey controlling the north. The southern part of the island has been an EU member since 2004. Here you can find all DW content on Cyprus in chronological order.
Tensions have re-emerged with a vengeance between historic rivals Turkey and Greece. The warships of each country have been facing off against each other in the Aegean and Mediterranean. And two Greek soldiers are being held by Turkey on espionage charges. Athens claims they’ve been taken hostage. So are these developments simply posturing or something more ominous? Dorian Jones reports.
In Cyprus, a pensioner with a passion for adventure is hoping to become the world’s oldest scuba diver at the ripe old age of 94. The attempt by British expat Ray Woolley has caused something of a buzz in the diving community. Nathan Morley has been to meet him at his home in Limassol.
On today's programme: Catalonian separatists and Spanish justice – French women rally against sexual harassment – Blaming the victim in Italy? – German police lack new recruits – Estonia and e-Residency – High tech drone fights bird poachers in Cyprus - Scottish bagpipes blast their way back into fashion
Every autumn, vast numbers of songbirds migrate from Europe to Africa. Many of them use the island of Cyprus as a place to rest and feed. But many of these birds never leave – instead they’re caught by poachers. Now police on a British military base on the island have launched the latest weapon in the fight against illegal bird trappers – a high-tech drone. Nathan Morley reports.