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The Arab democratic spring: a new dawn for the Mediterranean


It is a little known fact that Barcelona sits about the same distance from Algiers than from Madrid. The Arab revolts are big news for the world and bigger news for Europe, and they might become a defining moment for southern Europe and the Mediterranean project.  

The close links between southern European countries and their neighbours across the sea had their darkest side exposed by the Arab upheavals: the scandalous holidays of France’s elite at the expense of their corrupt hosts, Malta and Italy’s business dependence on the murderous Gaddafi family, Spain’s uncritical alignment with the Moroccan regime, all have been revealed to a great extent by the events of winter 2011.

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