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Tunisia needs help, not rhetoric, from Europe
Tunisians are bitter about EU support for the Ben Ali regime, and think their revolution happened despite Europe. But the EU has the opportunity to make amends, as Tunisia tries to build a new political society from scratch in a region that is still in turmoil.
Consolidating a democratic system would benefit Europe, but the EU should not adopt its usual stance of teaching and preaching. Instead, European leaders must respond with concrete steps at the extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council on Thursday March 10th and the European Council on Friday March 11th.
In "After the revolution: Europe and the transition in Tunisia", based upon a recent ECFR research visit to Tunisia, the authors suggest several key areas in which Europe can offer practical help, including:
With European economies failing to deliver higher standards of living, and growing public disillusionment with apparently self-serving politicians, Philippe Legrain discusses where