Published on: March 27, 2014
Tunisia's Angel Investor
Will Rome Bring Prosperity to North Africa?

Though the ancient Romans famously defeated the Carthaginians, today Tunisia, the modern-day location of Carthage, may depend on Italy for its survival as a newly democratic state. In fact, if Italy supports its ancient foe, the entire Maghreb region could actually benefit.

Giovanni Faleg is associate research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies.
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  • Pete

    I don’t get it. One economically weak country (Italy) bailing out a basket case (Tunisina). Can that work?

    This is like the recipe of the Democrat Party for prosperity — spend, spend, spend — when the U.S. is already in debt up to its eyeballs.

    As for Tunisian Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi telling “the French (read Europe) to send more aid, adding that ‘Tunisia is not less important than Greece or Ukraine.” Earth to Hamdi. ‘ To Europe, Greece, a member of the EU, is definitely far more important than is Tunisia.

  • Andrew Allison

    Whistling in the dark!

  • Curious Mayhem

    Seems a bit far-fetched. OTOH, if any post-Arab Spring country is worth a bet, Tunisia is it.

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