Georgia

Enlargement 21-06-2022

Some 120,000 march in Georgia ‘for Europe’ after blow to EU bid

At least 120,000 Georgians took to the streets Monday (20 June) in support of the country's EU membership bid, after the European Commission recommended deferring Tbilisi's candidacy.
Enlargement 20-06-2022

Georgians to hold ‘march for Europe’ after blow to EU bid

Georgians are gearing up on Monday (20 June) for a mass rally in support of the country's membership in the European Union, days after the European Commission recommended to defer Tbilisi's candidacy.
Enlargement 17-06-2022

Ukraine, Moldova should get EU candidate status, Georgia might need to wait, EU executive says

The EU should grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, bringing them a step closer to bloc membership, while Georgia still has some homework to do, the European Commission said on Friday (17 June) in a highly-anticipated opinion on the bloc's future enlargement.
Europe's East 16-06-2022

Russians using Georgia to bypass sanctions, say Ukrainian lawmakers

Russian people and companies are using entities in Georgia to bypass Western sanctions, a group of Ukrainian lawmakers said on Wednesday (15 June), urging the United States to take action over the accusations.
Europe's East 30-05-2022

Georgia’s breakaway region ditches referendum on joining Russia

The leader of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia on Monday (30 May) scrapped plans to hold a referendum on joining Russia which his predecessor had scheduled for July 17.
Global Europe 14-05-2022

Georgia’s separatist region of South Ossetia to hold referendum on joining Russia

The leader of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia on Friday (13 May) set 17 July as a date for a referendum on joining Russia.
Europe's East 04-03-2022

Moldova applies for fast-track EU membership, joining Ukraine and Georgia

Moldova officially applied for fast-track EU membership on Thursday (3 March), joining Ukraine and Georgia, its partners from the so-called Associated Trio, a week after Russia's invasion of Ukraine began.
Eastern Europe 03-03-2022

Georgia follows Ukraine in applying for fast-track EU membership

Georgia will 'immediately' apply for fast-track EU membership, the country's ruling party said Wednesday (2 March), a day after the European Parliament backed war-torn Ukraine's bid to apply for fast-track EU membership.
Europe's East 11-02-2022

For Georgians, Ukraine tensions revive painful war memories

As tens of thousands of Russian troops mass near Ukraine's border, many in fellow ex-Soviet state Georgia are feeling a frightening sense of déjà vu.
Europe's East 20-12-2021

Georgia jailed ex-leader Saakashvili ‘tortured’ in custody: doctors

The health of Georgia's jailed opposition leader and ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili has been seriously damaged as a result of torture and ill-treatment in custody, an independent council of medics said Saturday (18 December).
Europe's East 30-11-2021

Protests in Georgia as ex-leader Saakashvili goes on trial

Georgia police arrested Monday (29 November) dozens of opposition supporters who rallied outside the court where ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili faced trial on abuse of office charges which he has denounced as politically motivated.
Europe's East 22-11-2021

Georgia moves hunger-striking ex-leader Saakashvili to military hospital

Georgia on Saturday (20 November) moved jailed opposition leader and ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili to a military hospital from a prison clinic after doctors warned he risked death following a 50-day hunger strike.
Europe's East 19-11-2021

US urges Georgia to treat ex-president on hunger strike with dignity

The United States on Thursday (18 November) urged Georgia to provide humane treatment to jailed ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been on a hunger strike for weeks is now reported to be in critical condition.
Europe's East 18-11-2021

Medics say Georgia hunger-striking ex-leader Saakashvili ‘critical’

Georgia's jailed opposition leader and ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been on hunger strike for weeks, is in a critical condition and lacks proper medical care, doctors said Wednesday (17 November).
Europe's East 08-11-2021

Georgian protesters rally in support of jailed former president

Around 3,000 Georgian protesters held a rally in support of jailed former president Mikheil Saakashvili on Saturday (6 November) outside the prison where he says he is on hunger strike.
Europe's East 01-11-2021

Georgian opposition vows ‘biggest ever’ protests, decries vote fraud

Georgia's opposition parties on Sunday (31 October) announced plans for a mass anti-government protest rally next weekend, denouncing as fraudulent local election runoffs won by the ruling party.
Europe's East 20-10-2021

Georgia medics recommend hospitalisation for hunger-striking Saakashvili

Georgia's jailed ex-president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday (20 October) vowed to keep refusing food in prison after doctors recommended that he be hospitalised.
Europe's East 04-10-2021

Georgia ruling party leads polls, opposition alleges fraud

Georgia's ruling party was leading on Sunday (3 October) in local elections the opposition criticised as fraudulent, deepening a long-running political crisis in the Caucasus country exacerbated by the arrest of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili.
Europe's East 28-09-2021

Georgia threatens to arrest exiled ex-president Saakashvili

Georgia vowed Tuesday (28 September) to arrest exiled former president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili if he returns for upcoming local elections, seen as a key test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party.
Europe's East 01-09-2021

EU chides Georgia over loans for reform programme

Following the Georgian government's decision not to take the €75 million worth second instalment of loan assistance from the EU, Brussels said on Tuesday (31 August) Tbilisi had failed to fulfil the reform conditions attached to the assistance, the latest sign of a cooling relationship with the post-Soviet country's leadership.
Europe's East 29-07-2021

Ruling party in Georgia dumps Charles Michel’s agreement

Georgian Dream, the ruling party in Georgia, withdrew on Wednesday (28 July) from the agreement to put an end to the protracted political crisis in the country, brokered in April by European Council President Charles Michel.
Eastern Europe 20-07-2021

Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova seek acceptance of their EU membership perspective

A summit between Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi culminated on Monday (19 July) with the signature of a declaration calling for the EU to acknowledge the perspective of these countries to become full EU members one day. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.
Eastern Europe 19-07-2021

Charles Michel heralds more EU involvement in the South Caucasus

European Council President Charles Michel will attend a regional summit in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi on Monday (19 July), after a weekend visit of Armenia and Azerbaijan, in what appears as an attempt to keep the region closer to the EU. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.
Europe's East 14-07-2021

Georgia TV stations suspend broadcasts over attacks on journalists

Four independent Georgian TV stations suspended broadcasts for 24 hours on Wednesday (14 July) in protest over attacks against journalists and the death of a cameraman.