“Understanding Political Islam - Views from Within”:
- extracts of the debate "Economic challenges- Development, Cooperation and Crisis"
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 07/05/2013 First transmission: 07/05/2013
The Foreign Affairs Committee is hosting a high level conference on the relations between Europe and its Southern neighbours. The focus of this conference is on the democratic transition, citizenship, balance of power and economic challenges in the EU's Southern Neighbourhood. Representatives of major ruling Islamist political parties from Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco are present in the conference organised in cooperation with Carnegie Europe, the Royal Institute for International Relations of Belgium and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Ambience shots before the conference starts (4 shots).
||SOUNDBITE (English) Annemie NEYTS-UYTTEBROECK (ALDE, BE), Member of the EP AFET Committee: "How do you believe that economies that might be governed by the principle of Islamist economy could fit in with a world system which is far from coherent, but broadly speaking is dominated by World Trade Organization rules?"
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohamed BEN SALEM, Minister of Agriculture, Ennahda Party (Tunisia): "The question is how is it we've not managed to do better? You know that all the global economies are linked together but we are very closely linked to the European economy and unfortunately the crisis in Europe has meant that factories subcontracting other factories in Tunisia are getting fewer orders".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sameh FAWZY HENIEN, Member, Shura Council (Egypt): "The macroeconomic stabilization requires implementing unpopular measures in a country like Egypt. It means reducing subsidies and rising taxes. This kind of policies will lead to social unrest and even political unrest. If the government try to impose this kind of new measures without building broad consensus among different political actors, including opposition in particular, it will lead to more political unrest. If the government tries to postpone implementing such measures, as the government tried actually by getting exceptional financial support from regional alliances, it can postpone the problem, but at the end of the day it will face the situation."
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hakima Fasly, Member, Justice and Development Party; Professor, Hassan II University (Morocco): "The fight against corruption is a major process and a participatory approach has been selected in order to carry out reform projects. The current government has opted for the principle of reform against the backdrop of stability in order to safeguard national unity."
||Cutaways (9 shots)