Georgia

Eastern Europe 20-04-2021

Georgia ruling party, opposition sign EU-led pact to end crisis

Georgia's ruling party and the opposition on Monday (19 April) signed an EU-mediated agreement to end a months-long political crisis that raised concerns in the West over the Caucasus country's backsliding on democracy.
Europe's East 18-04-2021

EU, US call on Georgia lawmakers to sign compromise pact

The EU and US jointly called on lawmakers in Georgia to sign on to a compromise agreement to resolve a protracted political crisis in the Caucasus country.
Eastern Europe 06-04-2021

The EU should get serious about Georgia’s political crisis

The lack of visionaries in Georgian politics increases the European Union’s responsibility to make sure that the country gets out of its current crisis, write Vakshuti Menabde and Teona Lavrelashvili. By Vakhushti Menabde is director of Program of Support for...
Eastern Europe 31-03-2021

EU-mediated Georgia crisis talks fail on second try

The second round of European Union-mediated talks between Georgia's ruling party and the opposition failed Wednesday (31 March) to resolve a political impasse sparked by elections last year, an EU mediator said.
Eastern Europe 23-03-2021

EU envoy heads back to Georgia to continue mediation

European Council President Charles Michel’s personal envoy to Georgia will head back to Tbilisi this week in an effort to find a solution to the ongoing political crisis that EU officials say may jeopardise the South Caucasian country’s European aspirations....
Europe's East 19-03-2021

EU mediator returns from Georgia empty-handed

After a week of negotiations, the special envoy of European Council President Charles Michel returns to Brussels empty-handed, after unsuccessful attempts to find solutions for the Georgian political stalemate.
Europe's East 11-03-2021

The Brief, powered by amfori – Georgia on my mind

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Eastern Europe 09-03-2021

EU warms to more integration with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

The idea of offering more tailor-made integration to the three Eastern associated partner countries, -- Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, -- is gaining momentum on the Commission's agenda, according to an EU official.
Eastern Europe 02-03-2021

EU to assess progress in Georgia mediation talks on 15 March

After his unexpected visit to Tbilisi to mediate the deepening political crisis in Georgia, European Council President Charles Michel said progress in talks between the ruling party and the opposition will be assessed in two weeks.
Eastern Europe 01-03-2021

Michel seeks to mediate Georgian political crisis

In an unusual move, European Council President Charles Michel invited Georgia's ruling and opposition parties for talks under his mediation over dinner during his visit to Tbilisi on Monday (1 March).
Europe's East 24-02-2021

MEPs ask Charles Michel to mediate in Georgia

A group of MEPs on Tuesday (23 February) have asked European Council President Charles Michel to use his upcoming visit to Georgia to mediate between the government and the opposition, in a bid to appease the “rapidly deteriorating political situation” in the country.
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Cities & regions 24-02-2021

Why the future is local for the Eastern Partnership

After having interacted over the past decade, the European Union is now better placed to engage with Eastern Partnership states and to prepare the post-2020 partnership framework.  By the Presidents of the national associations of local governments Kakha Kaladze of...
Europe's East 23-02-2021

Georgian police arrest top opposition leader, use tear gas in party HQ raid

Georgian police on Tuesday (23 February) arrested a top opposition leader and used tear gas in a violent raid on his party headquarters, further deepening a political crisis sparked by last year's disputed parliamentary elections.
Europe's East 19-02-2021

Georgia police detain dozens of pro-opposition protesters

Police in Georgia's capital Tbilisi on Friday (19 February) detained dozens of pro-opposition demonstrators demanding snap polls, as a political crisis sparked by last year's elections deepened.
Europe's East 18-02-2021

Georgia in turmoil as PM resigns over arrest of opposition leader

The political crisis in Georgia is deepening as Prime Minister Georgi Gakharia stepped down on Thursday (18 February), citing his disagreement with the team on the court decision to arrest the main opposition party leader.
Eastern Europe 10-02-2021

After EU embarrassment in Moscow, Michel makes it up by going to Kyiv, Tbilisi

While European lawmakers were scolding the bloc's top diplomat Josep Borrell for his ill-fated trip to Russia, European Council President Charles Michel has announced he will be travelling to Ukraine and Georgia in March.
Eastern Europe 08-02-2021

EU, US rally behind Georgia after arbitrary sentencing in frozen conflict zone

Brussels and Washington have condemned the heavy prison sentence slapped on a Georgian citizen by the authorities in the Russia-controlled Georgian region of South Ossetia on Friday (5 February).
Eastern Europe 03-02-2021

Georgia is striving to relaunch the machinery of world diplomacy

Since COVID-19 changed our lives, the larger powers are virtually alone in meeting global challenges, while smaller countries like Georgia are striving to re-launch the machinery of the larger debates, Salome Zourabishvili, the President of Georgia, writes in an exclusive...
Eastern Europe 29-01-2021

Georgian MP: Mood in Brussels should not prevent EU membership application

Enlargement fatigue should not prevent the South Caucasian country from applying for membership of the bloc in 2024, even though the process might cause frustration domestically, Maka Botchorishvili, the newly elected chair of the EU integration committee of the Georgian...
Eastern Europe 28-01-2021

Georgia is ready to apply for membership by 2024 – Is the EU ready too?

The absence of the official “enlargement perspective” doesn’t meant that Georgia should be discouraged lodging a membership application. But in order to succeed, Georgia should be more creative in its foreign policy, write Teona Lavrelashvili and Steven Van Hecke.
Europe's East 27-01-2021

EU to push Georgia to cut carbon emissions as part of economic recovery

On its path towards the EU, Georgia will be expected to align itself with the EU's ambitions laid out in the bloc's Green Deal and reduce carbon emissions as it seeks to boost and modernise its economy, the European Commission told EURACTIV.
Europe's East 26-01-2021

Focus on Black Sea, Caucasus highlights Georgia’s strategic importance

While Georgia’s normalisation with Russia is still in doubt because of the country’s breakaway regions, Georgia has embraced a pro-Western foreign policy, including plans to join the EU and NATO and deepening relations with the US. “We have seen a...
Europe's East 21-01-2021

Strasbourg court rules Russia has ‘direct control’ over Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Russia is responsible for human rights violations, including loss of life, torture, disrespect of property and privacy occurring in Georgian breakaway regions of Abkahzia and South Ossetia as it had effective control of the territories after the 2008 Russo-Georgian war,...
Europe's East 11-01-2021

Billionaire Georgia party leader Bidzina Ivanishvili says quitting politics

The billionaire leader of Georgia's ruling party, Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is widely seen as the Western-backed country's most powerful man, announced Monday (11 January) he was quitting politics.