Denied access to the EU delegation in Tunisia: a step forward in strengthening the Saied-Meloni axis in the context of the inter-imperialist contradictions between Italy and France.
On September 14, a delegation from the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament was due to land in Tunisia for a two-day mission, except that on the eve of the mission, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry in a note informed the European delegation that access to the national territory would would have been denied.
The delegation was made up of MEPs Michael Gahler, Dietmar Koster, Salima Jenbou, Mounir Satouri, Emmanuel Maurel, all coming from different parties elected in France and Germany and were supposed to meet "civil society" or members of the opposition to the Kais Saied regime , notoriously the Islamists of Ennahda and probably also the revisionists of the Workers' Party (who after the coup d'état of 25 July 2021 practically converged with the Islamists) as well as various NGOs supported by the same European countries of origin of the parliamentarians, NGOs that from the following day of the Popular Revolt and with the beginning of its defeat through the process known as "democratic transition", they sprang up like mushrooms in Tunisia representing small "outposts" of the financing countries (a separate and more necessary discussion on this phenomenon but here impossible for space reasons).
The European note following the denial of access to Tunisian territory, as reported by the Italian news agency Ansa, condemns "the decision of the Tunisian authorities to refuse entry to the delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament and we ask for detailed explanations. This conduct does not has precedents since the democratic revolution of 2011" adding that the objective of the delegation was to "understand the current political situation of the country, support an inclusive national dialogue, and evaluate the memorandum of understanding signed by the EU and Tunisia".
The EU therefore condemn a legitimate act of a formally sovereign state such as Tunisia, once again demonstrating a paternalistic and neo-colonial attitude, furthermore it clearly announces that the mission had as its objective an interference in the internal affairs of the country such as "support an inclusive national dialogue" (which is not the task of a Confederation of States such as the EU) in order to "evaluate the memorandum" or the financing of 250 million euros promised last July by the Meloni/Von der Leyen duo during the meeting with Tunisian president Kais Saied. The "evaluation" of the commission would have obviously been negative...
Following this news therefore, anti-imperialists and revolutionaries might instinctively rejoice in the name of the anti-colonial awakening in oppressed countries (a movement which is partly taking place in some Sahel countries) for such denied access.
The problem, however, is that given the oppressive and non-popular nor at least revolutionary nature of the Kais Saied regime, this event is the result of the development of the inter-imperialist contradictions in Tunisia between Italy on the one hand and France (mainly) and Germany on the other, in which the bureaucratic-comprador regime subservient to Kais Saied's imperialism currently tends more towards Italy than towards the former "motherland" or France.
Meloni's Italian government is in fact currently the main imperialist country that politically supports the Tunisian regime with the aim of "climbing positions" to the detriment of France and having a greater economic and military presence in Tunisia (after all, Italy dreams of such a dominion on Tunisian soil since the end of the 19th century).
The Meloni government has been working in recent months both within the EU and with the International Monetary Fund to ensure that Tunisia "is saved from default" and that the regime is strengthened to play the role of outpost on the Italian and European borders against migrants: in this sense, Meloni said that "we must be pragmatic" towards Saied's autocratic regime.
The Saied regime, politically isolated at an international level, for its part does not disdain the political and economic support of a neighboring imperialist country such as Italy.
Evidently this European parliamentary commission, however illegitimate, would at the same time have represented an obstacle to the Meloni-Saied axis and to the conclusion of this Tunisia-EU memorandum sponsored mainly by Meloni and welcomed by Saied in order to cover some current state expenses, albeit for a few weeks. The Saied regime which seems to increasingly want to enter the orbit of Italian imperialism, reassured by the latter in the last six months, therefore denied the entry of the European (read Franco-German) delegation.
As proof of the continuous Italian reassurances, on the same day as the Tunisian denial, the deputy prime minister and Italian foreign minister Tajani has hammered the media about the need to finalize the European agreement with Tunisia as soon as possible given the multiplication of migrant landings in Lampedusa.
On 17 September, Meloni also reminded Von der Leyen directly in Lampedusa (during their joint visit to the island, which we will return to in the next few days) that Italy is doing its utmost to "defend" not only the Italian borders but also Europeans (symbolically represented by Lampedusa), making efforts at an international level, while other European countries row against...
Saied's refusal to the European parliamentary commission, politically speaking is therefore a service to Italian imperialism first and foremost and to strengthen his own regime secondly (given the evidently anti-regime political objective of the European parliamentarians), it does not certainly benefit the proletariat and the Tunisian people who on the contrary must undertake a revolutionary struggle to free themselves from imperialism, in particular French and Italian ones, and from the current Saied regime which month after month, despite a certain "patriotic" and anti- corruption rethoric, proves incapable of solving the main political, economic and social problems such as national independence, unemployment, rising prices, etc.