The situation in Tunisia is very, very dangerous for Europe – Middle East Monitor


The chief executive of the European Union’s foreign policy, Josep Borrell, announced yesterday that the EU is concerned about the deterioration of Tunisia’s political and economic situation and that it fears its collapse.

“The situation in Tunisia is extremely dangerous,” Borrell warned, after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. they have to avoid this situation,” he said.

He explained that the EU foreign ministers asked Belgium and Portugal to send representatives to visit Tunisia to “assess the situation and come back with a report that will guide our future steps.”

“The European Union cannot help a country that cannot sign an agreement with the International Monetary Fund,” said Borrell, stressing that President Kais Saied must sign with the IMF and put the agreement in force, otherwise the situation will be very serious for Tunisia.”

Saied imposed exceptional measures on 25 July 2021, including dissolving the High Judicial Council and Parliament, issuing legislation by presidential orders, and approving a constitution by referendum.

The Tunisian forces consider Saied’s actions as “total single rule” and a “coup against the revolution. His supporters, however, claim that he acted as a “correction of the course of the 2011 revolution”, which former President Zine El Abidine cancel Ben Ali.

However, Saied, who assumed the presidency for a five-year presidential term in 2019, considered his measures “necessary and legal” to save the state from “total collapse”.

As a result of subsequent unrest in the country, the IMF ended talks about a possible loan to help boost the country’s economic recovery after the coronavirus and these political moves.

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