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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.
Eastern Europe 16-03-2021

EU mediation yet to reach solution in Georgia as prime minister visits Brussels

EU-mediated negotiations between the Georgian ruling party and the opposition are yet to bear fruit, the South Caucasian country's prime ministerial visit to Brussels revealed on Tuesday (16 March).
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.
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.
Europe's East 10-11-2020

Georgia opposition defies crackdown, stages new protests

Fresh protests took place Monday (9 November) in Tbilisi as thousands of people hit the streets a day after police cracked down on demonstrations against Georgia's recent general elections.
Eastern Europe 29-10-2020

Georgian opposition unite to oust billionaire’s ruling party

Georgians vote on Saturday (31 October) in tightly contested parliamentary elections pitting an unlikely union of opposition parties against the increasingly unpopular ruling party led by the country's richest man.
Eastern Europe 10-03-2020

Europeans welcome ‘turning point’ Georgian electoral deal

European parliamentarians hailed on Tuesday (10 March) the political agreement between Georgian ruling and opposition parties that promises to resolve the electoral reform conflict that resulted a series of protests in the country. 
Eastern Europe 21-11-2019

Georgia’s parliament chief: We urge the opposition to be constructive

In an exclusive interview, the speaker of the Georgian parliament Archil Talakvadze explains the ideas to change the country’s electoral system, why the recent vote wasn’t successful, and the way forward, excluding early elections, as demanded by the opposition. Archil...
Europe's East 29-01-2019

With Salome Zurabishvili, Georgia leads the way, again

The new president of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, is a worthy member of the small group of women in the club of world heads of state and government, writes Clare Moody.
Europe's East 17-12-2018

Georgia’s new president seeks unity after vote protests

Georgia's incoming President Salome Zurabishvili vowed to reconcile political divisions and deepen ties with NATO and Europe at Sunday's inauguration that opposition protesters were blocked from reaching.
Europe's East 03-12-2018

Thousands of Georgians protest ‘stolen election’, urge snap polls

Around 25,000 Georgians protested Sunday (2 December) against the election of a ruling party-backed candidate to the presidency and demanded snap parliamentary polls in a move that threatens to complicate the transition of power in the Western-backed nation.
Europe's East 17-07-2017

Georgia: Failing democratic transition or Eastern Partnership success story?

To the untrained eye, Georgia’s European future looks secure. Yet, zoom in closer and Georgia is quickly turning into another oligarchic regime in the region, where political competition and free speech are on the wane. Salome Samadashvili calls on Brussels to act.
Europe's East 28-09-2012

Georgia’s prison torture scandal is the tip of the iceberg in the ‘model democracy’

A country famed for its Rose Revolution, Georgia has wound up with a president – a hero in those days – who now declares in Parliament that 'I deserve to rule this country for one generation', writes Tedo Japaridze.
Elections 26-09-2012

Political tensions reach new heights ahead of Georgia vote

EXCLUSIVE: In an escalation of rhetoric, civil rights groups accused the Georgian authorities of preparing massive fraud in order to win the 1 October parliamentary election. In response, a Georgian diplomat told EURACTIV that the government had evidence of links between some opposition politicians and organised crime figures in plotting a coup d’état.
Europe's East 20-09-2012

Georgian prison abuse shockwave felt in Brussels

Angry protestors marched in the streets of the Georgian capital Tbilisi after TV showed footage of inmates being tortured and sexually assaulted in the country’s prisons. Tensions were felt as far as Brussels where anti- and pro-government lobbying soared ahead of the bitterly contested parliamentary election scheduled for 1 October.