PES:Tunisia and the democratic transition.

We have all followed the news astonished, concerned but somewhat optimistic in the last two months. Tunisia has undergone a revolutionary upheaval, which has become known as the‘ Jasmine Revolution’. By ousting former President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and his Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) within less than one month, Tunisia has made history.

For the first time ever in the Arab world a regime has been overthrown in the wake of civilian uprising!

Following massive protests, Ben Ali fled the country in the middle of January. Prime Minister Mohamed Ganouchi took over as the new Interim President and managed to appoint, at the second attempt, an interim ministry mainly made up of technocrats, experts and opposition politicians.

As a European I have of course watched closely the EU response. In reaction to the regime changes in Tunisia, the EU called for a democratic transition process in Tunisia and signalled its support.
But there is still no concrete proposal on how to approach this challenge beyond financial support for the elections.

The question for me is clear:
What role the EU should play in the democratic process in Tunisia? And what should be the progressive approach?

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