About: Mikheïl Saakashvili

Europe's East 25-06-2019

Thousands in Tbilisi demand Georgia’s de-oligarchisation

Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied on Monday (24 June) in the Georgian capital for the fifth consecutive day as the increasingly unpopular ruling party's promise of sweeping reforms failed to appease mass demonstrations.
Europe's East 07-03-2019

Ukraine tempted by the Trump model

Voters in Ukraine may be tempted by a Trump-style option at Presidential elections at the end of March. Be careful what you wish for, warns Dmitriy Frolovskiy.
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 29-10-2018

Rival diplomats to dispute second round of Georgia presidential election

Ex-French diplomat Salome Zurabishvili has taken a slight lead in Georgia's presidential election, seen as a crucial test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party, results showed on Monday (29 October).
Europe's East 15-02-2018

In the Netherlands, Saakashvili vows to ‘continue fight’

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili vowed yesterday (14 February) to press on with his fight, as the stateless politician arrived in the Netherlands to join his family after being expelled from Ukraine.
Global Europe 11-12-2017

Thousands of Saakashvili supporters stage protest against Ukraine president

Several thousand people marched through central Kyiv on Sunday (10 December) to protest against the detention of Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili and call for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko.
Europe's East 08-11-2016

Saakashivili quits Ukraine job, lashes out at Poroshenko

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili tendered his resignation as governor of Ukraine's southern Odessa region on Monday, accusing President Petro Poroshenko of cynically obstructing his attempts at reform and supporting corrupt clans.
Europe's East 31-10-2016

Ruling party in Georgia wins constitutional majority after vote run-off

Georgia's ruling party decisively won a second round of voting on Sunday (30 October), giving it more than three-quarters of seats in parliament, enough to change the constitution if it wants, data from the Central Election Commission showed on Monday (31 October).
Elections 18-10-2016

Georgia’s quiet move away from ‘Messiah’ politics

A quiet transition has taken place under the Georgian Dream government, bringing the country in line with a fully-matured western democracy, writes Amanda Paul.
Global Europe 06-07-2016

Kerry reassures NATO hopefuls Georgia and Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry began a two-day visit to Georgia and Ukraine today (6 July) to reassure NATO's eastern friends they will not be abandoned to face Russia alone.
Europe's East 04-03-2016

Revamped traffic police rebrands Ukrainian law enforcement

First deputy minister for internal affairs Ekaterina Zguladze-Glucksmann provided a rare insight into the kind of reforms in Ukraine performed by foreign experts, such as herself. EURACTIV reports from Kyiv.
Aivaras Abromavicius [Georgi Gotev]
Europe's East 03-02-2016

Resignation of reformist minister sheds light on rampant Ukraine corruption

Ukraine's Economy Minister, Aivaras Abromavicius, abruptly tendered his resignation today (3 February), saying overwhelming corruption had stifled his efforts to push through measures essential to getting growth back on track in the cash-strapped country.
Europe's East 14-11-2014

Georgian opposition: Jailing political opponents leads to Putin

Giga Bokeria, of the Georgian opposition United National Movement (UNM), warned in the European Parliament yesterday (13 November), that intensifying political persecution in his country was favouring Russia, which already illegally occupies part of his country.
Europe's East 05-09-2014

Georgia and the Saakashvili criminal charges conundrum

The decision by the Georgian prosecutor to press charges against former President Mikheil Saakashvili was not unexpected, but it nonetheless has the potential to change Georgia’s relationship with Europe and the US as well as to stoke domestic political tension, writes Lincoln Mitchell.
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Europe's East 01-10-2012

Georgia goes to the polls after abuse video scandal

Georgia is going to the polls on Monday in a crucial day for the future of the country. Tension is high after images of prison guard abusing inmates were broadcasted on national television. The scandal sparked protests across the country and damaged the government's reputation. Earlier this year, the European Commission expressed its concern over Georgia's state of democracy and judicial system. Many international observers, including a handful of MEPs, are in the country to monitor the smooth running of the elections and avoid any possible fraud.
Enlargement 08-11-2011

Saakashvili: Georgia ‘should never leave path’ of EU integration

Georgia remains committed to joining the European Union, said President Mikheil Saakashvili in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Poland. In a conciliatory gesture towards Moscow, the Georgian leader argued that closer ties between his country and the EU could also pave the way for more integration between Russia and the 27-nation bloc.

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