Exchange of views with Tunisian students focus of visit of Benelux PMs to INSAT in Tunis

“If you continue in this direction, I am confident that your country will fully succeed in the process of political transition,” says Xavier Bettel The three Prime Ministers of Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) Charles Michel, Mark Rutte and Xavier Bettel visited the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology of Tunis (INSAT) as part of their working visit in Tunisia on December 5-6. This visit provided the opportunity for an exchange of views between the three Prime Ministers of Benelux and INSAT students at a meeting held on this…

The most anti-immigrant countries in Europe: Italy is the most anti-immigrant

According to the  Independent on basis to a YouGov poll , Nearly 40 per cent of Britons say they no longer feel at home because of immigration. However, Italy is the most anti-immigrant country in Europe, according to a YouGov poll, with more than half of people agreeing with the statement: “There are so many foreigners living here, it doesn’t feel like home any more.” French and German people are also highly likely to agree with the statement, at 47 per cent and 44 per cent respectively. The chart below,…

UGTT cancels December 8 general strike

The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) canceled the general strike in the public service scheduled for Thursday, December 8, after an agreement was signed with the government Wednesday at the Government Palace in Kasbah, in the presence of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and UGTT Secretary-General Houcine Abassi. The new agreement provides for the payment of 50% of the salary increases from January to November 2017 and the payment of 50% of the specific premiums from April to November 2017. Both payments will have to be terminated in December 2017. The…

Jeune Afrique editorialist wins La Francophonie’s Cinq continents literature award

Tunisian writer Fawzia Zouari has been crowned laureate of the 15th edition of Cinq Continents literature of La Francophonie for her novel “Le corps de ma mère” (My mother’s body). She succeeds Congolese writer In Koli Jean Bofane author of “Congo Inc. Le testament de Bismarck” (Congo Inc. Bismarck’s will). Zouari’s novel depicts her mother. In the book she tries to understand what it is being a mother and also understand the world surrounding her and her progresses. The book describes the life of Tunisian Bedouin women stranded in a…

ID and police checks await all who enter and leave the EU

Everyone, including EU nationals, will have their IDs checked against police databases under new draft rules every time they enter or exit the EU. Backed by MEP negotiators and their EU state counterparts on Monday (5 December), the move is the latest in a series of security measures aimed at catching people who fought alongside the Islamic State militant group. But the plan, which amends the Schengen Borders Code, is also designed to provide the police much greater insight into people suspected of other crimes. People’s IDs will be crossed…

Tunisian president on the Arab Spring, foreign aid and Libya

Following the first summit between the European Union and Tunisia in Brussels, Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi discusses the war in Libya, the fight against terrorism and the investment conference of Tunisia 2020. Charles Salamé, euronews: Mr President of the Republic of Tunisia, Beiji Caïd Essebsi, you are in Brussels on the occasion of the first EU-Tunisia summit, thank you for being with us on euronews. President Beiji Caïd Essebsi: Thank you. euronews: At the investment conference Tunisia 2020, your country obtained approximately 14 billion euros, equivalent to the Tunisian budget…

China seeks to develop economic cooperation with Tunisia

China is seeking to develop economic co-operation with Tunisia, in particular in the tourism and investment fields, Wang Jiarui, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference said on Tuesday, during a visit to Tunisia accompanied by a Communist Party of China (CPC) delegation. China supports the Tunisian people to independently choose their development path, wishes to deepen bilateral communication and cooperation across all fields and explore pragmatic cooperation potential, Wang said. The CPPCC vice chairman added that the CPC is willing to strengthen friendly exchanges with the main parties…