Tunisian films about the Arab Spring
Rage, hope and desperation
Tunisian filmmakers are addressing the subject of the Arab Spring and its failure in Tunisia in their films. Shady Lewis Botros watched three of them for Qantara.de
EU courts Tunisia
Has Europe found a new partner for its asylum policy?
E.U. Commission President von der Leyen, along with the Dutch and Italian prime ministers, visited Tunis at the weekend brandishing a shiny package of attractive financial aid. Is Tunisia’s democracy experiment being swept aside for the sake of reducing migration to Europe? By Mirco Keilberth, Tunis
Synagogue shooting in Tunisia
What next for Djerba?
Jews on the Tunisian holiday island of Djerba, where a gunman killed five people last week during a Jewish pilgrimage, are asking why – and what happens next. By Cathrin Schaer and Tarak Guizani
Tunisia in turmoil
Will Tunisians rise up against Kais Saied?
Voter turnout for parliamentary elections in Tunisia at the end of January 2023 was so low it broke world records. Tunisians are dispirited and a wannabe authoritarian leads the country. What now for the endangered democracy? By Cathrin Schaer and Tarak Guizani
Parliamentary election in Tunisia
Tunisia's undemocratic drift
Tunisians go to the polls to elect a new parliament on Saturday, 17 December. The election is likely to result in a dummy parliament, sealing its undemocratic credentials. This is the latest episode in a turbulent chapter for the north African country where the Arab Spring began. Can the autocratic drift be reversed? By Amine Ghali
Constitutional referendum in Tunisia
What next for the birthplace of the Arab Spring?
According to Tunisia's electoral board, 94.6 percent of valid votes cast in Monday's constitutional referendum were in favour of President Kais Saied's constitution. Turnout was, however, low at only 30.5 per cent. What will the future hold for the North African nation where the Arab Spring began over a decade ago?
A new constitution for Tunisia
From president's power grab to referendum
Based on exit polls and preliminary results for Tunisia's constitutional referendum, it looks as if the new constitution proposed by President Kais Saied will be passed. Nearly three years into his presidency, Saied has steadily tightened his grip on power. The timeline below outlines the key events of the past two years that led to Monday's referendum
Referendum on a new constitution for Tunisia
Rolling back the achievements of the revolution
Tunisians are set to vote on a new constitution on 25 July. The prominent lawyer and women's rights activist Yosra Frawes fears the referendum could facilitate a return to dictatorship. This would also endanger progress on women's rights achieved since 2011. Interview by Claudia Mende for qantara.de
Birthplace of the Arab Spring
Tunisia: a young democracy in peril
Tunisian President Kais Saied is consolidating his authoritarian rule, while Europe stands idly by and misses opportunities to exert influence. Analysis by Isabelle Werenfels
Kais Saied's creeping coup
Who will save Tunisia's democracy now?
Tunisia's president has been carrying out a coup by degrees, demolishing the country's hard-fought democratic gains bit by bit. With an economy in turmoil and a splintered opposition, is there anybody that can stop him?
Ukraine and Tunisia's looming wheat crisis
Tunisia’s food situation is looking increasingly precarious. The country relies on large volumes of subsidised imports to ensure sufficient, as well as affordable, quantities of bread for its citizens. Russia's invasion of the Ukraine is set to hit pockets hard. By Hamza Meddeb
Tunisia TV series sparks polygamy row
A Ramadan TV series dealing with polygamy has sparked a heated debate in Tunisia, an Arab pioneer in women's rights that banned the practice decades ago