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Gilles Kepel (photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Interview with the French Islam expert Gilles Kepel

Passion and suffering

For three decades now, the renowned French sociologist and political scientist Gilles Kepel has been monitoring the development of Muslim societies. He sees a close connection between the developments in the French suburbs and the events in the Arab world. Beat Stauffer spoke to him in ParisMore

An unemployed, illegal immigrant from Nigeria in Rabat, Morocco, 15 November 2013 (photo: DW/A. Boukhems)

Migration in Morocco


From emigration to immigration

For decades, migration in Morocco flowed in one direction: towards Europe. Now, however, while fewer and fewer Moroccans are leaving the country, immigration is on the rise. For the first time, illegal immigrants living in the country are to be issued with residence papers. By Beat StaufferMore

Lybians demonstrating to remove al Ghaddafi-era representatives from official positions (photo: Reuters)

Justice in Libya

Lacklustre Approach to Reforms

Establishing a democratic constitutional state in Libya is proving to be a painstakingly slow process. This is partly because a reform of the legal system is long overdue, and also as a result of the vigilante justice administered by armed brigades. Beat Stauffer reportsMore

Anti-government protests of the 20 February movement in Rabat (photo: AP)

The Moroccan Pro-Democracy Movement


Down, But Not Out

The Moroccan protest movement has lost much of its initial momentum. A clever strategy on the part of the palace, that has combined political concessions with repression, a lack of allies, the international economy and the fate of the uprisings in other Arab countries have all severely weakened the movement. But the Kingdom of Morocco has not seen the last of protests and uprisings. By Beat StaufferMore

Chokri Belaid (photo: AP)

After the Assassination of Chokri Belaid

Searching for the Ringleaders

The Leagues for the Protection of the Revolution are considered to be the prime suspects in the case of the assassination of the well-known Tunisian opposition politician Chokri Belaid. However, it is also possible that Salafists or networks of members of the security forces from the Ben Ali era could also be responsible for the attack. Beat Stauffer reportsMore

An array of photographs of African refugees and migrants (photo: picture-alliance/Milestone Media)

Clandestine Migration from Tunisia

Flight of the Hopeless

In view of Tunisia's persistent economic crisis and high jobless rate, also in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution, many young Tunisians are tempted to turn their backs on their homeland and seek their fortunes in Europe. This gives greater weight to projects aimed at improving prospects for the younger generation and persuading them to abandon plans to cross the Mediterranean. By Beat StaufferMore

Ripped Gaddafi poster (photo: dapd)

Interview with Ahmed Shebani

For a Secular and Democratic Libya

Ahmed Shebani, founder and chairman of the Democratic Party of Libya, explains his critical stance towards Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril and the Libyan transitional council, in conservation with Beat StaufferMore