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Morocco’s Mohammed VI treads a fine line with reforms

Mohammed VI hopes his reforms will quell dissent.

The Moroccan monarch has responded to recent protests with a raft of changes to the country’s political system. His motives may be a mystery, but Mohammed VI could recover some of the reformist kudos he enjoyed earlier in his reign and which he seemed to have lost.

March 11th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics | Read More »

A new slowdown in Spain

Rising oil prices present some stern challenges for governments.

The speed limit on highways will be reduced to 110 kph from today in a bid to curb Spain’s rising energy bill. The savings, however, may be far from what the government expects.

March 7th, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Morocco’s Mohammed VI must decide

Moroccan Interior Minister Tayeb Cherkaoui addresses the press.

Protests in Morocco have not been as intense as in many neighbouring nations, despite some outbreaks of violence. However, if he is to avoid more alarming scenes, the monarch must take some big decisions – and soon.

February 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Morocco: the next North African revolution?

Could these violent scenes from Egypt be replicated in Morocco? Photo: global political awakening.

The regime of King Mohammed VI is different in some crucial ways to those of Tunisia and Egypt. However, Rabat should still take its neighbours’ unrest very seriously indeed.

January 31st, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics | Read More »

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