By Gregory White
Examines how emerging monetary integration with Europe affects Tunisia and Morocco.
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In addition, Tunisia’s elite has been characterized as pro-Western, relatively liberal, and secular in its political (and religious) orientations, especially in comparison to other elements within Tunisian society, as well as in comparison to their Maghribi, Middle Eastern, and sub-Saharan counterparts. Morocco’s ruling elite owes much of its proportionate power to its relationship to the monarchy and to the “central government,” or Makhzen. 18 The French colonial project in the Maghrib was no less a cultural project than the colonization of other parts of Africa.
Moreover, Tunisia and Morocco must now begin to facilitate the access of European ﬁrms to local markets, a move that threatens local industry. For their part, Maghribi negotiators obtained “compensation funds” from the EU to facilitate the mise au niveau, or “upgrading,” of their economies. 2 summarizes the generations of EUMaghrib agreements. International, external circumstances have provided the context in which Tunisia and Morocco have pursued development. Before proceeding, it is valuable, therefore, to turn to each country for a brief introductory overview.
State Elites Tunisia and Morocco’s elites are heterogeneous in their interests. In comparative terms, however, Tunisia’s ruling elite is more uniﬁed and homogenous than its Moroccan counterpart. In addition, Tunisia’s elite has been characterized as pro-Western, relatively liberal, and secular in its political (and religious) orientations, especially in comparison to other elements within Tunisian society, as well as in comparison to their Maghribi, Middle Eastern, and sub-Saharan counterparts.