The Struggle for Energy Democracy in the Maghreb


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The European Union and its member states claim that its international
relations are guided by values and principles based on democracy
and human rights. Countless projects are financed and implemented
in this regard. Actual politics speak another language though. The
“security interests” of the European Union demand collaboration with
undemocratic rulers within societies that prohibit possibilities for free
political participation. The governments of such societies are in a bind:
required to function in spite of high foreign debt and the repercussions
of the conditions enforced by International Financial Institutions,
sovereign planning and development are made impossible. In Tunisia,
for example, the annual amount for public debt servicing is currently
higher than the budgets for education and health combined. The
situation of big parts of North African populations is dire and those
who (are forced to) migrate to other counties represent just one type
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