Cyprus Dispute German Conservatives Welcome Turkey's EU Threats

The ongoing dispute over divided Cyprus may escalate problems between Turkey and the European Union after Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to freeze EU relations when the Greek Cypriots take on the rotating presidency in 2012. The move only serves to further disqualify Turkey's plans to join the EU, German conservatives say.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Turkish-held northern Cyprus on Tuesday.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Turkish-held northern Cyprus on Tuesday.

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-- kla, with wires