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Like a scent of freedom

(BRUSSELS2, exclusive) Our interview with Agostino Miozzo was not limited to questions of possible security assistance that the European Union could provide. The director of the “Crisis Response” department of the diplomatic service, who carried out two successive missions to Benghazi a month and a half apart, returned enthusiastically about the ferment that agitates civil society and the organization that puts in place places the opposition. “ The situation is changing very rapidly. They are getting organized. In a month and a half, there is significant progress »

The awakening of civil society

« There are a wealth of people who have begun to enjoy new freedoms. This is the true scent of revolution. There are hundreds of NGOs that have been formed. Today there are 53 – 54 newspapers coming out, sometimes they are a few sheets made at home on a computer. A month and a half ago, there was only one. It is the awakening of Libyan society. It's really fantastic. They have enormous capacity, knowledge, means and culture of communication. But they need help explains A. Miozzo.

The population needs to be introduced to political discussion. “ They ask us: how to talk to politicians? In Libya, we must clearly see that there has never been a political dialogue. ". The drafting of the Constitution also occupied the minds " “We are proud to have arrived at the moment of writing the Constitution” they told me. “For you it’s normal.” They understood that there was a freedom outside that they never knew. »

Open a center for European culture?

« Libyans are hungry for culture. They want to read Italian and French poetry, read Shakespeare, access cultural centers. They learn to breathe. We must help them to open a center of European culture »

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).