More Interest in Business than Human Rights Tunisian Revolution Forces a Rethink in Europe

The fall of the regime in Tunis took the European Union by surprise and exposed France's contradictory policy. The tumult is now threatening to spread to other North African countries, with further protests. The Europeans are now forced to rethink their position: Should they be pushing for democracy or stability?
French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a 2008 meeting with former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali: "There was despair, a suffering, a sense of suffocation. We have to recognize that we underestimated this."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a 2008 meeting with former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali: "There was despair, a suffering, a sense of suffocation. We have to recognize that we underestimated this."

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