Instability in North Africa was boosted by the efforts of European powers to achieve regime change there. They did this without having a road map for the future. The resulting confusion has fuelled radical extremism, multiplying the security threat both inside and outside North Africa. Still, Tunisia managed to achieve a fragile democratic balance that has become almost unique as a model for the area. This has made the country a priority target for terrorism, as witnessed by the recent act of atrocious violence on the beaches of Tunisia. Its fragility is caused by insufficient jobs, investment and economic growth. Precisely, terrorists aim to destabilise Tunisia by hitting at this fragility to create more unemployment, frighten investment off and undermine the economy. The destabilisation of Tunisian democracy is against Europe’s vital interests. There is a moral obligation and just as importantly a geostrategic urgency for Europe to counter this threat. This can only be done by a special programme, that is suitably funded by the European Union, meant to help Tunisia counter the economic consequences of the terrorist threat it is facing and be in an effective position to sustain jobs, investment and growth

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