Tunisia-EU economic links to prevail over political tensions
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Journalist and analyst specialized in North Africa
Nov. 15, 2023
Tunisia rejected last month a $65 million grant from the European Union (EU), reportedly sending back the money after EU authorities had already transferred it. The package was meant to be part of a broader European assistance program that could potentially surpass $1.1 billion. Tunisia’s refusal triggered surprise, especially given its ongoing economic and budgetary crises. The country has continued to reject an IMF support program worth $1.9 billion and the conditions attached to it, and this has discouraged broader multilateral support from flowing into Tunisia. But EU authorities fear that an economic collapse will drive mass migration from Tunisia to European shores. In the short term, political tensions will make economic and diplomatic cooperation more challenging but will not deter trade or slow down ongoing economic integration.
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