CYPRUS last night launched its six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU with a symbol-laden inaugural ceremony at the site of the ancient Curium amphitheatre.
The ceremony got underway just after 8pm, allowing Europe’s great and good to enjoy the sunset in a dramatic setting.
It began with Cyprus’ national anthem followed by the “Ode to Joy,” the anthem of the European Union.
Cyprus, whose economy represents a mere 0.2 per cent of the eurozone, is now at the helm of policy-making just when Europe tackles a massive debt crisis. The island nation officially took over the presidency on July 1, days after becoming the fifth euro-area country to request an EU bailout.Read More