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“the biggest obstacle to Tunisia’s real democratization is the attitude of the European Union”

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“Tunisia is the clearest case of a determined political transition”, says Marc Marginedas, journalist at El Periódico and expert in Arab Springs. At present, “the transition is being steered by Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party”, but Marginedas believes that in the future secular parties could govern Tunisia. The role of the Tunisian press is also important, because the press now criticises political leaders, “a great achievement after years of merely praising the president and his family”. According to Marginedas, Tunisia has a middle class, “similar to Spain’s in the 1970s”, which is responsible for making sure that the transition process “does not drift towards radicalism”. However, the journalist holds that “the biggest obstacle to the country’s real democratization is the attitude of the European Union”, as the way the EU relates with these countries “hasn’t changed”, and it persists in a “rather neo-colonialist attitude, carrying out secret business agreements without citizens’ knowledge”, which perpetuates a distinct imbalance in Tunisia’s commercial and economic relations with its principal commercial partner.

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El Periódico journalist
Marc Marginedas is a journalist and expert in international relations. For over 15 years he has covered conflicts in the Islamic world and has been special envoy for El Periódico in Algeria, Syria, Chechnya, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Tunisia and Libya. Previously he was a correspondent in Moscow and in Algiers and Rabat. He is the author of Periodismo en el campo de batalla. Quince años tras el rastro de la yihad about his experience as a war journalist.