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European Year for Development kicks off

New figures published on a special Eurobarometer show that the number of people who are in favor of increasing aid has gone up significantly, and Europeans continue to feel positive about development and cooperation. According to the special Eurobarometer 67% of respondents across Europe think that development aid should be increased – “a higher percentage than in recent years, despite the economic situation.” The EU also said, 85% believe that it is important to help people in developing countries.


By Olin L. Wethington

Tunis – On December 21, Tunisia completed a remarkable democratic transfer of power, with the election of Beji Caid Essebsi, the leader of the secular political party Nidaa Tounes (Call of Tunisia). As with the parliamentary election in October, the process of choosing a president was, for the most part, fair and free of violence.

For the moment, Tunisia is the only Arab Spring country that appears to be on a path to genuine democratic governance. Since the ouster of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, the country has endured pressures from Islamic radicals, a deterioration of its economy, and a chaotic transitional period. But it has also written and adopted a new constitution structured to encourage the separation and balance of powers, and it seems on track to pull off a successful change in government.