Zooming in on EU–Tunisia Relations Across the 2011 Upheavals

  • Federica ZardoEmail author
Part of the The European Union in International Affairs book series (EUIA)


As a small, developing state, Tunisia has always been caught between protecting internal security, building a strong economy despite limited resources and seeking its place at a regional level. This chapter traces EU–Tunisia relations from a historical perspective, focusing especially on the changes in the balance of power, Tunisian foreign policy choices, and the cultural and identity variables determining these choices. It describes the legacies of Bourguibism on the country’s attitudes towards Europe, the strategic construction and deconstruction of the political discourse on the ‘Tunisian specificity’ and how this approach features in EU–Tunisia relations under the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, European Neighbourhood Policy and its review after Ben Ali’s getaway.


Arab uprisings Bourguiba Ben Ali Tunisia Authoritarianism Democratic Transition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Politikwissenschaft, EIFUniversity of ViennaWienAustria

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