Sweden reopens embassy in Tunisia: Challenges and expectations

Sweden reopened its embassy in Tunisia last Tuesday, 25 after 13 years of cut official relations. The two countries have revived their bilateral relations since the last state visit by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essibsi with Foreign Minister Khmais Jhinaoui to Stockholm on November, 4, 2015. The visit came after nearly a decade and a half of frozen official relationships. Tunisian-Swedish relations date back to the eighteenth century. In 1736, the Swedens signed a treaty of trade and peace with the Beylik of Tunis. After Tunisia’s independence from France in…

Romania and Morocco have most expats in EU prisons

(Euobserver) Romania is the European country with the highest number of its expats in prison in the EU, while the nation with the highest number of prisoners is Morocco. An international team of journalists has collected data from 25 countries to reveal these statistics for every EU country except Croatia, Malta and Cyprus. On prisoners in EU jails, Morocco is estimated to come top (11,700), followed by Romania (11,511), Albania (5,722), Turkey (4,798) and Poland (4,449). These are figures from 2015 (France 2014) and are estimates of the real number because many countries…

Flood in Tunisia: poor infrastructure and the role of social media

The last week of September witnessed a heavy rain in Tunisia that turned to be a fearful flood.  Tunisians who were eagerly waiting for rain after months of drought and scarcity of water resources became more terrified than welcoming the “unfriendly guest.” In fact, over the last months there have been calls to arrange prays asking God’s blessing in front of the threatening thirsty of  plants, animals and even human beings. In fact, the previous summer was very harsh for many regions in Tunisia where people were obliged to move…