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The EU offers aid to an increasingly autocratic Tunisian government to stem migration
The European Union is offering hundreds of millions of dollars to the Tunisian government. Now, it's meant to help the country's failing economy. In exchange, though, Tunisia has to help stem illegal migration to Europe.
NPR | July 18, 2023

New EU funding deal with Tunisia supporting authoritarian regime, say critics

EU leaders accused of ‘wining and dining’ Tunisian president Kais Saied in exchange for preventing migration to Europe.
Irish Times | June 18, 2023

Fears Ghannouchi arrest will lead to more crackdowns in Tunisia

Opposition worried what President Kais Saied’s next step will be with a number of opposition figures in prison.
Al Jazeera | April 21, 2023

How Tunisia’s defence ties with US endure despite aid cuts
President Kais Saied and Washington both court Tunisia's military as country's democracy and economy unravel.
Middle East Eye | April 19, 2023

Tunisia arrests opposition leader as crackdown escalates
Tunisian security forces arrested the leader of the main opposition party Monday night and shuttered its headquarters, escalating a crackdown on the president’s critics in this formerly authoritarian North African country, which is veering again toward one-man rule.
The Washington Post | April 18, 2023

Tunisia Arrests Rachid al-Ghannouchi, Leading Opposition Figure
Tunisian authorities have arrested a prominent opposition leader and three other officials from his party in an escalation of President Kais Saied’s campaign against political opponents, which began after he seized full power over the North African nation nearly two years ago.
The New York Times | April 18, 2023

Tunisian president’s mystery ‘disappearance’ raises questions about his health
Tunisian President Kais Saied’s almost two-week absence has raised questions about his health and succession in a country that has become increasingly authoritarian since he took power.
CNN | April 05, 2023

Anti-Black racism surfaces in an African country. Critics are blaming the president for it
A viral video from late February showed a man decrying the incompatibility of Black African “values” with those of Tunisians. Asked by the interviewer if he had ever met any Africans, he retorted implying he knows them well “because my grandfather used to buy and sell them.”
CNN | March 15, 2023

After Tunisia's 'ghost election,' what comes next?

Voter turnout for parliamentary elections in Tunisia this weekend was so low it broke world records. Tunisians are dispirited and a wannabe-authoritarian leads the country. What now for the endangered democracy?
Deutsche Welle | January 31, 2023

Tunisia increasingly isolated under Saied as US loses interest

The president has tried to look abroad to get the country out of its economic crisis, without much success, as his political problems mount.
Al Jazeera | January 13, 2023

As Tunisia Drifts Farther From Democracy, Voters Shun Election

A feeble turnout in Tunisia’s inconclusive parliamentary elections over the weekend drew opposition calls for the country’s strongman president to step down.
The New York Times | December 20, 2022

With New Constitution, Tunisia Begins Uncertain Chapter
However flawed and fragile, Tunisia’s democracy has “really, really mattered,” says Monica Marks, assistant professor of Middle East politics at New York University Abu Dhabi.
VOA News | August 9, 2022

Tunisia civil society groups raise questions over referendum data
Amid complaints over data management, election authority maintains the results of constitutional referendum are valid.
Al Jazeera | August 05, 2022

As Tunisia’s Democratic Experiment Unravels, Economic Collapse Looms

The last time Tunisia plunged into political crisis — its infant democracy unraveling amid political deadlock, assassinations and mass unrest — it fell to the country’s traditional guardians to find a way forward.
The New York Times | May 07, 2022

Tunisia coup: Saied seizes control of electoral commission in latest power grab

President Saied said he would replace most of commission's members in a move that will cast doubt on electoral integrity.
Middle East Eye | April 22, 2022

After years of dysfunction, Tunisian MPs unite trying to salvage their political system

Old school politicking and backroom deals helped bring parliamentarians together to vote down Kais Saied's exceptional measures.
The National | April 14, 2022

Ukraine's impact on the US-Turkey alliance

The bilateral relationship has faced serious issues in recent years, but could the conflict in Ukraine lead to a potential strengthening of Ankara and Washington's alliance?
The New Arab | March 09, 2022

Tunisia’s public sector salary crisis could threaten Saied’s rule

Teachers, nurses and police officers are being put in the red by late salary payments as the country’s finances crumble.
The National | February 22, 2022

Tunisia’s Popular Authoritarian

This week on Babel, Jon speaks with Dr. Monica Marks, a professor of Middle East politics at NYU Abu Dhabi who has been thinking about Tunisia for almost 15 years. 
Rajawali Siber | September 21, 2021

As Tunisian President Cements One-Man Reign, Opposition Grows

Over the past two months, Tunisian President Kais Saied has enjoyed broad popular support to reach ever higher heights of power, culminating in a recent announcement that he would essentially rule the country by decree.
The Singapore Time | September 27, 2021

As Tunisia’s President Cements One-Man Rule, Opposition Grows
For the past two months, President Kais Saied of Tunisia has ridden widespread popular support to ever-higher peaks of power, culminating in a recent announcement that he would essentially rule the country by decree.
DNYUZ | September 27, 2021

‘A parade of red flags’: what next for Tunisia after Kais Saied’s extension of power?

Politicians and experts have expressed concern about the situation in Tunisia a day after President Kais Saied said that he would be indefinitely extending his sole control of the government.
The National | August 25, 2021

‘You just think about eating’: Why Tunisians backed a presidential power grab
For many, it has been a decade of disappointment — of incurable unemployment, deepening poverty, and a growing sense that their leaders do not care.
Boston Globe | August 5, 2021