The Tunisian revolution, considered the catalyst for the movement that became known as the Arab Spring, began seven years ago. Today, Tunisia is still struggling to achieve democratic reforms and economic growth.

Thousands of young Tunisians have turned their backs on their country in recent years. One of them was Anis Amri, the man behind last year’s attack on the Christmas market in Berlin. Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the attack, in which 12 people were killed and more than 70 injured.

Amri’s actions sparked a brief but intense discussion in his homeland about the right way of dealing with jihadis, potential terrorists and migrants under obligation to return home.

But now that debate has, for the most part, fallen silent again. The primary concern for Tunisia’s citizens and politicians is the dire economic situation in this country of 11 million people. Yet the two issues are closely connected.

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