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Brussels casts pall over Tunisia’s desert jewel

New environmental rules in the EU threaten the country’s phosphate mines, which have spluttered since the revolution.

  • Emmet Livingstone
  • Politico

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.

Elus 2bBrought 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…

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