EU, North Africa green energy tie-up draws closer – Claude Ayache

An experimental project connecting renewable energy researchers in the EU with colleagues in Morocco and Tunisia could help pave the way for a market in renewable energy and energy efficiency that spans the Mediterranean, according to Claude Ayache, senior advisor for European affairs at the EU’s public-private green energy partnership, InnoEnergy. Why has InnoEnergy focused on a partnership with North Africa in the MAGHRENOV project? There have been two decades of effort to develop a European-Mediterranean innovation space in which people can collaborate and bring advances in research to market.…

German Interior Minister de Maiziere promises new system against terrorism

A new threat assessment system is intended to track potential terrorists and increase cooperation between authorities. Security has come into focus since the Berlin Christmas market attack. In an interview with German weekly “Bild am Sonntag,” German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said there would be better communication between the police and the judiciary with a new computer system. The system, called “Radar,” was jointly created by the University of Zurich and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). The system will assess the potential threat of Islamist terrorists as moderate,…

Zied Ladhari, Tunisian Minister of Industry, on building upon older relationships and developing new ones: Interview

What is the relationship between Tunisia and Algeria, specifically with respect to industry? ZIED LADHARI: Tunisians attach a lot of importance to the relationship with Algeria. Our histories since independence share many aspects. With respect to the economic aspect today, we hope to transform our historic and cultural ties into increasingly dynamic relations with Algeria and to use them to create real strategic partnerships. Currently, we observe that our economic relations do not reach our expectations, and we believe that there is a lot of room to advance in mutually…

Tunisian Prime Minister Chahed’Terror No Longer Has a Nationality’

The suspect in the December terror attack in Berlin, which killed 12, came from Tunisia. SPIEGEL spoke to the country’s prime minister, Youssef Chahed, 41, about terrorism in his country and the problems facing its fragile democracy. Interview Conducted by Clemens Höges SPIEGEL: Mr. Prime Minister, how did you react when you learned that the suspected attacker in Berlin was a Tunisian? Chahed: I was appalled by what happened to the Germans, and my first thoughts were with the families of the victims. But the perpetrator, Anis Amri, does not stand for…

Essebsi’s interview with Leaders Magazine: Tristate Summit to Resolve Libyan Crisis

President Beji Caid Essebsi said that  a tristate summit that includes Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia is being prepared to resolve the Libyan crisis. Essebsi announced that an initiative to  set the crisis in Libya has been launched, referring to meetings of ministries of foreign affairs that will take place ahead  of the upcoming summit. The President said during an interview with Leaders Magazine that “stability in Libya is of high importance” and that the Libyan issue  was discussed during his last meeting with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. He laid emphasis…

Wided Bouchamaoui: We must not mix religion with politics

One of the most influential people in Tunisian democratic transition is Ouided Bouchamaoui, 55, the first female president of the largest businessowners’ association in the country Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicraft. With the National Dialogue Quartet, an alliance of four influential civil society groups, she helped lead Tunisia toward democracy after the Jasmine Revolution that oversaw the demise of a policestate in 2011. Initially, Tunisia’s transition to democracy was not smooth. The Islamic party Ennahda that won the first elections after dictator Zine alAbidine Ben Ali was toppled…

Ex-EU Commissioner for ENP: Factors Behind Morocco’s and Tunisia’s ‘Success Story’ – Civil Society, Domestic Politics and Openness to Learn

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Štefan Füle (Former EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy) EUBULLETIN: European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was an important part of your portfolio during the tenure in the European Commission. It is quite conspicuous that most of the countries involved in the ENP process seem to have been more stable 10-15 years ago than they are today, so there is an obvious question: What went wrong with the European Neighbourhood Policy? Štefan Füle: You know I wish the European Union had sometimes the power to decide about…

US ambassador to Leaders: determined to continue our support to Tunisia

“The United States is fully committed to continuing its support for the democratic transition in Tunisia, its integral and sustainable development and its efforts to strengthen its security,” says US American ambassador in Tunis, Daniel H. Rubinstein, in an exclusive interview given jointly to Leaders and the daily newspaper La Presse.” We will persevere in this constant support by strengthening three essential pillars, namely, economy, security and governance. There is a consensus in the United States about the importance of Tunisia, the solidity of the bilateral relations and the success…

Tunisian president on the Arab Spring, foreign aid and Libya

Following the first summit between the European Union and Tunisia in Brussels, Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi discusses the war in Libya, the fight against terrorism and the investment conference of Tunisia 2020. Charles Salamé, euronews: Mr President of the Republic of Tunisia, Beiji Caïd Essebsi, you are in Brussels on the occasion of the first EU-Tunisia summit, thank you for being with us on euronews. President Beiji Caïd Essebsi: Thank you. euronews: At the investment conference Tunisia 2020, your country obtained approximately 14 billion euros, equivalent to the Tunisian budget…

The public needs to be included for investment to produce economic, political, and social benefits.

Fadil Aliriza is Tunisia project manager at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He recently was one of the co-authors, with Marwan Muasher and Marc Pierini, of a Carnegie paper titled “Capitalizing on Tunisia’s Transition: The Role of Broad-Based Reform.” He agreed to talk to Diwan about the paper shortly before the launch of Tunisia 2020, an international investment conference scheduled for November 29 and 30. Michael Young: What is the main argument of the recent Carnegie paper on which you collaborated? Fadil Aliriza: Our main argument is that while…