The Mediterranean: Yet Another Year of Challenge

With this brief overview, the PoliticsBlog is picking up the thread on events around the Mediterranean, going into a new year bound to be challenging. Many countries bordering on the Mediterranean have strong links to Russia and therefore are indirectly affected by the war in Ukraine. Withstanding any negative impact will be a test toContinue reading “The Mediterranean: Yet Another Year of Challenge”

Feverish Political Debate Accompanies Tunis Turnover

Kais Saied, the president of Tunisia, at the end of March dissolved the parliament. The move did little to pacify an increasingly hostile political conflict between two bitterly opposed groups. Ten years after the revolution, this Mediterranean country seems uncertain about its future, writes our correspondent in Tunis./IN Speaking to the various political groups inContinue reading “Feverish Political Debate Accompanies Tunis Turnover”

Not Much Progress in Tripoli

The noise emerging from Libya’s capital doesn’t bode well for the future of the war-ravaged yet oil-rich country. With factions and tribes fighting over power, the needs of normal people seem to be ignored entirely. Speaking to people in Libya about Libya is a treacherous enterprise, because you inevitably get sucked into the eternal gameContinue reading “Not Much Progress in Tripoli”

Sudan Urgently Needs a Government, Says United Nations Envoy

The United Nations envoy has spoken at length about the progress achieved in the broad consultation process in Khartoum. He also warned that there was in fact an urgent need for establishing a government to avoid an economic collapse and significant humanitarian crisis. The Security Council of the United Nations on Tuesday learned about theContinue reading “Sudan Urgently Needs a Government, Says United Nations Envoy”

Egypt Takes Precautions Against Food Price Increases

The rise in basic food prices as a consequence of the invasion of Ukraine has raised concern in countries such as Egypt, the biggest importer of wheat. The government has reacted with crisis meetings, precautionary measures to improve stockpiles and measures to counter speculation, our correspondent in Cairo writes. Ukraine is one of the biggestContinue reading “Egypt Takes Precautions Against Food Price Increases”

Algeria Caught Between Economic Depression and Social Discontent

The government in Algeria is caught between an expensive policy of food subsidies and a population dependent on food aid. It is trying to find a structural solution, but stumbling over the economic realities, our correspondent in the Maghreb writes. Algeria spends about 19 billion dollars on subsidies of basic commodities a year. Researchers argueContinue reading “Algeria Caught Between Economic Depression and Social Discontent”

Egypt Is Looking for Partners to Implement Its Water Plan

Financing its generational plan for managing water resources is one of the biggest challenges currently facing the Egyptian government. It is well aware that spending on that level won’t be available out of the general budget and is therefore looking for international partners, our correspondent in Cairo writes. When it presented its strategic water plan,Continue reading “Egypt Is Looking for Partners to Implement Its Water Plan”

Turkey’s Role as Guardian of the Straits Is Under Scrutiny

Turkey, which covers NATO’s south-eastern European flank has been cast in a particularly difficult situation by the invasion of Ukraine given its close ties to both Kyiv and aggressor Russia, in addition to its unique geographic position. With the international campaign against the Russian aggression against Ukraine gathering pace, Turkey has a rather unique roleContinue reading “Turkey’s Role as Guardian of the Straits Is Under Scrutiny”

Tunisia Is at Loggerheads About How to Reform the System

The decision by Tunisia’s President Kais Said to dissolve the Superior Council of the Judiciary has prompted widespread condemnation both in the country but also from international allies. However, the groups that protested the move in turn are strongly opposed to each other, which weakens their position vis-à-vis the government, says our correspondent in Tunis.Continue reading “Tunisia Is at Loggerheads About How to Reform the System”

Egypt: How the World’s Driest Country Seeks to Safeguard Water Supply

Faced with a growing population, the threat from global warming as well as regional tensions over the distribution of Nile water, Egypt’s government has dedicated itself to a four-pronged strategy to safeguard water supply for coming decades, our correspondent in Cairo writes. It is safe to say that the biggest challenge that the government ofContinue reading “Egypt: How the World’s Driest Country Seeks to Safeguard Water Supply”