World News: Tunisia, Disappointed Hopes

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A country spoiled by hopes born of the Arab Spring of 2011, Tunisia is attracting the interest of European capitals in more than one way. As destabilized, one of the ramparts against radical Islamism would break. Let me explain.

The first country to have been agitated in 2011 by the Arab Spring, pushing President Ben Ali out of the border and into power, Tunisia has since gone through a lot of hardships that have not hurt its democracy but have erected as a principle of functioning inertia, immobility and corruption and this to the despair of Tunisians.

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All these elements make it extremely fragile today despite its democratic base punctuated by regular elections, a sign of vitality that many Maghreb countries envy.

At the crossroads and its history, wedged between a bloodless Libya in the grip of the civil war and a Algeria also agitated by democratic jerks of which nobody really knows on what will lead, Tunisia is today at the heart of all geostrategic analyzes to enlighten the present and the future of the region.

Partners and Ramparts

Because of Europe and Paris in particular, the future of Tunisia leaves nothing indifferent as that of Algeria elsewhere. These two countries, respectively former protectorate and former French departments have thus become, in addition to active economic partners but also ramparts against the Islamist forces that haunt Saharan-Saharan Africa.

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And it seems obvious that a destabilized or fragmented Tunisia would not settle the affairs of Paris and the European Union in any way. Apart from this aspect, the destabilization of a country with a heavy aura such as Tunisia in the region, given its recent history that opposes the Syrian tragedy or Moroccan monolithism, the disintegration of its activity and its fabric The economics of the economy would, with the help of desperation, drive new migrants to take insane risks to cross the Mediterranean to legitimately seek asylum in Europe.

However, the migratory issue still agitating the European Union, despite the recent easing of Italian positions, is still a stumbling block between the different countries of the European Union.

The emergence of Tunisia as a regional, stable and economically viable power is naturally encouraged by Paris and the European Union, both of whom realize that power and stability will only be achieved if a moderate government, even if it were Islamist, managed to lead Tunisia.

Mistrust and Youth

Tunisia's resources would allow this emergence to date, but, as previously stated, inertia, immobilism and corruption have undermined all Tunisian aspirations reinforcing mistrust of the political class of a tired and exhausted population of government procrastination. successive ones visibly incapable of transforming the hopes of the Revolution.

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Few people want to be robbed of what is their right and the 2011 Arab Spring that has only partially found its epilogue is still in all the minds of Tunisians. The succession of elections, however regular, will not suffice to satisfy the democratic aspirations of a people who understood that going to the polls did not show a complete democratic process.

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Another key point: the Tunisian youth. Leading actress in 2011, now disillusioned, his disarray and disgust are such that it appears today as a vast question in a country where unemployment stands at 15% of the population and where economic growth in the first semester was only 1.1% ... Insufficient statistics for a nation that in the aftermath of the Revolution aspired to become something other than the Tom Thumb of the Maghreb.



Bio: Olivier Longhi has extensive experience in European history. A seasoned journalist with fifteen years of experience, he is currently professor of history and geography in the Toulouse region of France. He has held a variety of publishing positions, including Head of Agency and Chief of Publishing. A journalist, recognized blogger, editor and editorial project manager, he has trained and managed editorial teams, worked as a journalist for various local radio stations, a press and publishing consultant, and a communications consultant.

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