The essay discusses how the “reluctant republic” of Cyprus in 1960 became a successful, liberal democracy and member of the European Union, despite externally instigated political discord, foreign interference, foreign invasion and continuing occupation, economic dislocation, and continuing plots to dismantle it as an independent state. There is no precedent for this in post—World War II Western Europe. This is one of the reasons why it was important to celebrate the recent fiftieth anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus.

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