Cyprus 'may veto' EU-Turkey talks
Cyprus has threatened to block Turkey's EU membership talks unless Ankara lifts its trade restrictions on Nicosia.
Turkish bid exposes EU rifts
By Oana Lungescu
BBC News, Brussels
Few issues divide the Europeans as much as Turkey.
Divisions are becoming ever more apparent as the European Union nears the moment of truth in relations with its biggest and poorest applicant country, which also happens to be Muslim.
For EU leaders meeting in Brussels on December 14-15, the question will be how to punish Turkey if it fails to open its ports and airports to traffic from Cyprus. Turkey's promise to do so allowed it to open EU membership talks a year ago.
This week, several European commissioners pushed for the consequences to be spelled out in the Commission's progress report on Turkey.
According to officials, they were Markos Kyprianou of Cyprus, Stavros Dimas of Greece and Jacques Barrot of France.
Others - like Viviane Reding of Luxembourg, Louis Michel of Belgium and Jan Figel of Slovakia - raised serious concerns about the cost of integrating Turkey and the human rights situation.
Turkey's strongest advocates were Peter Mandelson of the UK and Charlie McCreevy of Ireland.
Germany's Guenter Verheugen even argued that Turkey should be treated as a special case.
That is hardly the official German line, but as a former enlargement commissioner, Mr Verheugen was bitterly disappointed when the Greek Cypriots rejected a UN plan that would have led to the reunification of the island in 2004, just days before Cyprus was welcomed into the EU.