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Turkey is turning towards the East

A lack of progress on accession to the EU in recent years has seen Ankara increasingly emphasise its ties with its Muslim neighbours As one of the few countries in the world that can claim to span two continents, the question of whether Turkey’s identity lies with Europe or with the Middle East has become [...]

Power integration gains popularity in Egypt

Egypt is embarking on an ambitious plan to link up its electricity grid with Saudi Arabia. But full regional integration is a long way off due to perennial power shortages and pricing issues Egypt’s plans to link its power network with Saudi Arabia are the latest in a growing network of electricity grids in the [...]

Algeria’s renewable energy challenge

The government has unveiled an ambitious plan to reshape Algeria’s energy mix by 2020. But the necessary foreign investment is likely to be hard to come by given the country’s nationalistic tendencies When it comes to its plans for the development of renewable energy, Algeria certainly does not lack ambition. At the beginning of January, [...]


Sudan prepares for split

Co-operation between the North and the South will be key to economic development. But disputes over oil resources and debt will hamper progress Forty years of civil war in the past half century have meant Sudan has rarely enjoyed the political stability that is vital for economic development. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed in [...]

Unrest takes toll on Egypt’s economic growth

The political upheaval and lingering uncertainty in Egypt means a long wait for a return to the strong economic growth that the country enjoyed until the end of 2010 The tumultuous events of January and February that resulted in the collapse of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime have already had a dramatic impact on Egypt’s economy. [...]

Search for justice begins in Egypt

Investigations into alleged corruption by Mubarak’s government is having a severe impact on some of Egypt’s largest industrial and construction firms On 13 April, Egypt’s prosecutor general ordered the detention of former president Hosni Mubarak and his sons, Alaa and Gamal. The news came as a victory for the demonstrators that had remained on the [...]


Crucial months ahead in Tunisia

Tunisia’s reform movement has achieved a great deal in recent weeks, but a smooth and swift transition to democracy cannot be taken for granted In the two months since the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on 14 January, Tunisia has seen a dramatic series of reforms that have changed the face of society. [...]

Algeria is no stranger to uprisings

Although the protests of recent weeks fall short of a revolution, dissatisfaction is mounting in Algeria and will not abate without concrete solutions As regimes have collapsed around it in recent weeks, to say that Algeria has been an island of tranquillity would be an exaggeration. The food riots that broke out across North Africa [...]

Beirut eyes offshore oil and gas round

Lebanon hopes to launch a licensing round for offshore oil and gas exploration this year, but translating unproven potential into genuine resources will require more political unity Lebanon is planning to hold its first licensing round for offshore oil and gas contracts by November 2011, according to a statement by energy and water minister Gebran [...]


Juba, South Sudan, on the first day of voting for the referendum on independence

South Sudan referendum

Millions of South Sudanese voted in an independence referendum, which could cut Africa’s biggest country in two MEED – 28 January 2011 In John Garang memorial park in the South Sudanese capital of Juba, the mood is one of celebration. A group of drummers beat out a rhythm on tall African drums, while locals dance [...]

Algeria’s lush hills a new home for zinc mines?

MEED – 18th January 2008 Nestled among the rolling hills that straddle the Soummam River in the Berber region of Kabylie, two small teams of men work 12-hour shifts searching for underground deposits of zinc. Around them, the hills are so lush, green and thick with woodland that it is difficult to believe this is [...]