Political Luncheon with Touhami Abdouli

Berlin, June 12, 2012

Touhami Abdouli, Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs, Tunisia, met in Berlin with Members of the German Bundestag, representatives from government agencies and selected think tanks. The discussion centred on Tunisia's political, economic and societal challenges and prospects, and on the question of what Europe can do in support of the Tunisian transformation process.

Three issues – corruption, dictatorship and unemployment – were singled out as the reasons for the upheaval in Tunisia. Moreover, the fight against corruption and the alleviation of unemployment continue to be major challenges in the transformation process. The participants were also interested in issues with a religious dimension such as the influence of the Salafists, the establishment of a secular state, and the protection of religious minorities. In addition to this the topics covered included Tunisia’s relations with its neighbours in North Africa and with Europe, and the overall economic situation.

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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