Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, 10 years ago. The Arab world has changed - the EU's neighbourhood policy not so much (Photo: Koert Debeuf)


Ten years on from Tahrir: EU's massive missed opportunity

This Monday (25 January), it's exactly 10 years ago that thousands of young Egyptians risked their life and went to Tahrir Square in Cairo to ask for the end of the regime.

They demanded freedom, democracy, bread, but - perhaps most of all - the end of police violence. It is no accident that the April 6 Youth Movement chose 25 January to start their revolution. In Egypt, it is the national day of the police.

I lived in Cairo from 2011 to 2016. I was sent by the liberal ALDE group...

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