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Anouar Brahem (photo: Przemek Wozny)

The Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem

Remembering turmoil

Anouar Brahem, perhaps Tunisia's best-known musician, recently brought his latest work to the stage and surprised the audience with his musical interpretation of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. By Sarah MerschMore

Inside the El Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia (photo: dpa)

The Jewish community in Tunisia

"Everything is ok; we don't have any problems"

Once numbering over one hundred thousand, Tunisia's Jewish community has dwindled over the years. Its members practice discretion, but certainly have no desire to hide. By Sarah Mersch in TunisiaMore

Relatives of the victims of the revolution demonstrating in Tunis (photo: Sarah Mersch)

Victims of the Tunisian Revolution

The slow and painful search for the truth

Three years have passed since Tunisians took to the streets in protest against their ruler, Ben Ali. The country is now slowly moving towards democracy, but the victims of those early revolutionary days are still waiting for justice. Hopes that the truth will come to light and that relatives will discover who killed and injured their loved ones during the unrest are diminishing by the day. By Sarah MerschMore

The chamber of the Tunisian parliament (photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Tunisia's new constitution

The pain and joy of giving birth

It took the political parties in Tunisia two years to agree on the country's draft constitution, which was adopted on Sunday, 26 January. The resulting document, however, is as contradictory as Tunisian society itself. By Sarah MerschMore

Prison cell (photo: PRILL Mediendesign/Fotolia)

Death Penalty in Tunisia

On the Way to Class Justice

The death penalty has not been carried out in Tunisia since the early 1990s. But there are still prisoners on death row to this day. In their book "The Siliana Syndrome", authors spotlight an issue that still represents a major social taboo. By Sarah MerschMore

Performance of Fadhel Jaibi's play "Tsunami" in Dougga (photo: Sarah Mersch)

Tunisian Theatre Director Fadhel Jaibi

Warning against a Black Wave of Islamism

In his first play since the overthrow of Ben Ali two years ago, Tunisian theatre director Fadhel Jaibi warns against the rise of the Islamists. But according to Sarah Mersch, "Tsunami" lacks the subtle analysis so characteristic of his earlier productionsMore

Moncef Marzouki (photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Interview with Moncef Marzouki

''We Don't Have a Magic Wand''

Ahead of his visit to Germany, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki told Sarah Mersch that his country could take a leaf out of Europe's book as it struggles with the transition to democracy and that Tunisia would welcome help from Germany in a number of areasMore

Mourners carry the coffin of slain opposition leader Chokri Belaid during his funeral procession towards the nearby cemetery of El-Jellaz in Tunis, February 8, 2013 (photo: Reuters)

Tunisia's Government in Crisis

A Political Earthquake

The murder of the leftist politician Chokri Belaid has plunged the nation's already beleaguered government into deep crisis. In particular Ennahda, the strongest party in the coalition, now has its back to the wall. Sarah Mersch reports from TunisMore

Protests in Tunisia after Belaid's Killing (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Tunisia in Turmoil after Chokri Belaid Killing

Between Anger and Grief

Tunisians are in shock, following the assassination of opposition politician, Chokri Belaid. Thousands of people took to the streets to call for the government to step down. Sarah Mersch reportsMore

Demonstration of the UGTT in Tunis (photo: dapd)

Tunisia Two Years after Ben Ali

''The Revolution Is Like Yeast Dough''

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ruled Tunisia with an iron fist for more than 20 years before he fled the country in January 2011. But two years later there is still little to celebrate for most Tunisians. Sarah Mersch reports from TunisMore

Demonstration for women's rights in Tunis (photo: Sarah Mersch)

Islam and Women's Rights in Tunisia


Equality in Danger

Tunisia was once the model for emancipation in the Arab world, but there's now increasing concern over an article in the new constitution which, according to women's and human rights activists, will undermine the equality of the sexes. By Sarah Mersch in TunisMore

Demonstration for women's rights in Tunis (photo: DW/S. Mersch)

Post-revolution Tunisia

Women Try to Assert Independence

Women were a key force in the popular protests that toppled Tunisia's government last year and kicked off the Arab Spring. But now many Tunisian women worry that the new government may want to turn back the clock. Sarah Mersch reports from TunisMore

Maya Jribi (centre) during a party conference in Tunis (photo: DW)

Interview with the Tunisian Opposition Politician Maya Jribi

''Tunisia Is Rooted in the Modern and Tolerant Tradition of Islam''

In last October's elections, the people of Tunisia spoke and Maya Jribi, chairwoman of the Progressive Democratic Party, listened to what they had to say. Twelve months on from the revolution, her party has learned from its bitter electoral defeat and intends to merge with five other liberal parties at the centre of the political spectrum. She spoke to Sarah MerschMore

Anti-Bena Ali protests in Tunis (photo: Sarah Mersch)

Tunisia Begins to Process Recent History

Accusations and Reconciliation

In mid-October, people in Tunisia will vote for a constituent assembly aimed at putting the country on the path to democracy. Meanwhile the process of coming to terms with the 23-year Ben Ali dictatorship has only just got off to a hesitant start. A reportage by Sarah Mersch in TunisMore

Graffiti in Tunis (photo: Sarah Mersch)

Tunisia's Art Scene after the Overthrow of Ben Ali

Politics as Inspiration

Activism and art go hand in hand nowadays in Tunisia. The young and politicized artistic scene in the Mediterranean country has flourished since the dictator Ben Ali fled Tunisia in January. Sarah Mersch offers an overview from the capital TunisMore