The Arab Spring was born in Tunisia. Seven years after young people there hit the streets and toppled a dictator in 2010, the republic still faces many challenges. The NGO RAJ is doing all it can to make democracy work.
Merkel defended democratic values in an interview following a contentious summer for her government. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer also said he doesn't expect a repeat of the crisis that nearly upended Berlin.
Last week, the Tunisian capital elected Souad Abderrahim its first female mayor in the first city elections since the Arab Spring. Could her victory signify a new direction for Tunisia's formerly Islamist Ennahda party?
Protesters have lit flares and shouted anti-government slogans on the seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising. Anti-austerity rallies have slammed a government decision to raise taxes amid an economic slump.
The Ennahda party has claimed a win over its rival, Nidaa Tounes, in local elections. But voter turnout was just 33.7 percent, with an analyst saying despair among young Tunisians is "very serious for democracy."
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