"It's our duty to cooperate with Tunisia" - Martin Schulz

01'39" 10/02/2016
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Post-revolution Tunisia has managed to keep on the democratic path but its economy is lagging. EP President has been on an official visit to the country.
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In five years, how much can a country change? Tunisia has seen off a despot, inspired revolution across a continent and, despite being the victim of terrorist attacks by IS, it has managed to stay on the democratic path. EP President Martin Schulz has been on an official visit to the country. He paid homage to the victims of the March 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis.
It is not surprising that Tunisia has been targeted by jihadi terrorists because the model of this society goes against what they want. So for us Europeans it is our inescapable duty to cooperate with Tunisia.

Martin Schulz
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
And part of that cooperation included a formal meeting with the Prime Minister of Tunisia, Habib Essid. In 2013, Tunisia, like other Arab Spring nations, teetered on the brink of civil war. But four civil society groups uniting under the banner of the 'civil society quartet' drew up an action plan to steer Tunisia to democracy. President Schulz also met with the quartet who were awarded the 2015 Noble Peace Prize. But possibly Tunisia’s biggest problem is turning around their economy.
As we've seen in the last months, the tourism sector is on its knees.

It needs to be revived.
Martin Schulz
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Tourism that accounted for 6.5% of GDP was shattered following a deadly IS attack on a hotel beach in Sousse. The hotel's occupancy rate was 80%. There were 627 guests. As you can see, today the hotel is closed.