Dossier: Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali

Sihem Bensedrine (photo: DW)

Interview with the human rights activist Sihem Bensedrine

Tunisia's democratic awakening under threat

The well-known Tunisian human rights activist Sihem Bensedrine talks to Moncef Slimi about the arduous process of democratic transformation in the motherland of the Arab SpringMore

Women in headscarves demonstrating in Tunis (photo: Reuters)

Interview with Hélé Béji

"Ennahda has an unbelievable capacity to adjust"

Hélé Béji is an independent Tunisian writer and literary scholar. She is related to Habib Bourguiba, the founder of the Tunisian republic and its first president, and is part of a rather progressive intellectual scene. Béji has been watching the Islamists closely since they took power two years ago and is one of the few people who considers Ennahda capable of learning and becoming a major democratic people's party. Christina Omlin spoke to her about recent developments in TunisiaMore

Habib Selmi (photo: Volker Kaminski)

Interview with Habib Selmi

"Tunisians Are Mature Enough"

The renowned Tunisian author and journalist Habib Selmi talks with Volker Kaminski about his most recent literary work and about the difficult situation of writers and artists in his homelandMore

Amel Grami (photo: Ute Schaeffer)

Interview with Amel Grami

Political Stagnation in the Cradle of the Arab Spring

Tunisia's process of democratic transition has been stagnating since late 2012. The Tunisian people are still waiting for their new constitution. The situation has been exacerbated by the recent murder of opposition politician Chokri Belaid. Ute Schaeffer and Loay Mudhoon spoke to the renowned academic Amel Grami about Tunisia's political crisisMore

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

Tunisia's president Moncef Marzouki (photo: Keystone/Martial Trezzini/AP/dapd)

Interview with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki

"Tunisia is attempting a democratic reconstruction"

One has to be prepared to work with the Islamists for the sake of social peace, says the Tunisian president, Moncef Marzouki. He told Edith Kresta and Renate Fisseler-Skandrani that this applies even if some of them reject democracyMore

Democracy activists and demonstrators on Tahrir Square (photo: DW)

Political Prospects after the Arab Spring

At a Crossroads

In the opinion of the acclaimed Lebanese author Elias Khoury, after the toppling of the old regimes, Arab societies are now heading towards either lasting democratic change or a return to dictatorship by another nameMore

Workers of the Suez Company on strike at the company's headquarter in Ismailiya (photo: EPA/APA)

Democratisation and Economic Development in Tunisia and Egypt

Looking for a Third Way

The democratic future of Tunisia and Egypt depends on their economic development. Privatisations such as those envisaged by the IMF and the World Bank will be disastrous for the two nations, which should now be looking to find a third way. A commentary by Akram BelkaïdMore