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Brief 42: Is an Islamist Democracy emerging in North Africa? Its contours and objectives, a view from the North
Written by Peter Seeberg   

The Arab Spring represents a repoliticization of a region which for years had an image of unshakeable authoritarianism attributed to it.  According to Peter Seeberg, Islamist parties have largely benefit from the new active public sphere because they represent the only well-organized alternative to the authoritarian regimes. This Brief analyses the evolution of Islamist movements in several countries and how the emergence of a new wave of Political Islam challenges the traditional policies of the EU and its member states.

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