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Vol 64 No 13

Published 22nd June 2023


Brussels deal rescues Saïed

The European Union has been accused of hypocrisy for showering Tunis with money in exchange for strict emigration controls

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen – flanked by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his counterpart Giorgia Meloni of Italy – swept up the steps of the Palace of Carthage on 11 June with €150 million in immediate budget support to President Kaïs Saïed – and a promise of a further €900m. The present from 'Team Europe' attracted accusations of hypocrisy as top opposition politicians and independent journalists were settling into their new prison terms.

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