New environmental rules in the EU threaten the country’s phosphate mines, which have spluttered since the revolution.
- Emmet Livingstone
REDEYEF, Tunisia — In the desert, far from Tunisia’s bustling ports, tourist beaches and sprawling olive plantations, lies a colossal state company that was once the beating heart of the national economy.
Brought to its knees by inefficiency and social unrest, it is now threatened with extinction — by an obscure bit of legislation making its way through the Brussels machinery.
The Compagnie des Phosphates de Gafsa, the…