Post "Arab Spring" Tunisia still in turmoil

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Post "Arab Spring" Tunisia still in turmoil

Two years after the “Arab Spring”, which saw the fall of the old regime and brought democracy to Tunisia, life remains difficult for a large part of the country.

The Islamic government of President Moncef Marzouki led by the moderate Ennahda party has so far failed to revive the economy; unemployment and inflation remain high.

The murder of a government critic, Chokri Belaïd in February sparked large demonstrations.

At the same time the government is fighting against the Salafists and other extremists, who are demanding an Islamic state to replace this emerging democracy.

Will the elections, that are due to be held later this year, change the political landscape – or is Tunisia destined for more instability? And what role should the EU play in stabilising the new Tunisia and other governments in the region?

In this edition of The Network, Euronews journalist Chris Burns is joined by: Latifa Habbechi, a member of Ennahda and Tunisian Member of Parliament; Youssef Ben Abdeljelil, President of Nidaa Tounes and MEP Michael Gahler, Chief Observer of the European Union for Tunisian elections in 2011.

Watch the video of the programme to see what they have to say.