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Jean-Claude Juncker

EU moves to protect cheese from both sides of divided Cyprus

The European Union on Tuesday moved to recognize halloumi, or hellim in Turkish, as a protected cheese from both sides of the Greek-Turkish divided island of Cyprus and lauded it as a symbolic step toward further reunification. The salty, chewy cheese is perhaps Cyprus' greatest gift to world gastronomy and the 28-nation bloc took a major step toward full name protection by publishing its official application for the status, which would mean only cheese made in Cyprus could be called halloumi in EU countries. The island nation was forcibly divided in 1974 into a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north. It joined the EU in 2004, but only the south enjoys the benefits of...

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