Georgian government accuses USAID of funding training for protests

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi October 3, 2023

Secret service claims the trainers gave lessons on violent protests, picket lines, traffic disruptions, and government building occupations.

EU ministers discuss multi-speed Europe to prepare for enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2023

To enable enlargement of the bloc from the current 27 members, changes to decision-making processes, agricultural policies and regional aid budgets are being considered.

Georgia’s National Bank president confirms suspension of IMF programme

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi September 28, 2023

IMF takes action after a former official close to oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili was shielded from US sanctions.

EBRD projects slowdown in Central Europe, robust growth in Eurasia

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2023

High gas prices, China slowdown and shifts in industrial production contribute to slower growth in Central Europe.

Top Georgian central bank officials resign over unfreezing of assets of sanctioned former prosecutor

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi September 21, 2023

TBC and Bank of Georgia reaffirm their commitment to adhere to international sanctions imposed by the EU, the UK, and the U.S., regardless of the National Bank of Georgia's decision.

US singles out Turkey with latest war sanctions package

bne IntelIiNews September 15, 2023

Ankara gets a poke in the eye as Washington launches new attempt at hobbling Putin’s war machine by targeting technology shipments and financial channels.

European Commission president calls to ‘complete' the EU through enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen says “history is calling” to expand the EU, but reforms are needed.

Georgia's ruling party initiates impeachment proceedings against president over EU visits

bne IntelliNews September 4, 2023

Zourabichvili has repeatedly accused the ruling Georgian Dream party of pro-Russian tendencies and insufficient commitment to Georgia's aspirations to join the European Union and the Nato defence alliance.

Georgian’s president denied government permission to make international visits

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi August 31, 2023

President Salome Zurabichvili's visits to Germany, Ukraine, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Denmark, and the UAE, among others, have been revoked by the government.

European Council president says Western Balkans and EU should prepare for enlargement by 2030

Valentina Dimitirevska in Skopje August 29, 2023

Charles Michel says a clear goal must be set to enlarge the EU by the end of this decade.

Turkmenistan signals major change in energy-export stance

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet August 21, 2023

Ashgabat’s shifting position opens the way for expansion of natural gas supplies to Europe.

Georgia’s 6% jump in HIV/AIDS cases blamed on migrant influx

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2023

A 6% increase in reported HIV/AIDS cases in Georgia during the first half of 2023 y/y is believed to be due to the significant influx of migrants fleeing both Russia and the war in Ukraine, health authorities in Tbilisi have warned.

MACRO ADVISORY: Ruble’s fall creates currency risk in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Chris Weafer CEO of Macro-Advisory August 15, 2023

The Russian ruble has fallen by 28.5% in value vs. the US dollar since the start of this year but it has yet to have a big impact on the currencies of the other members of the CIS. But it could do so soon.

‘Strategic partnership’ between Georgia and China puzzles critics

Nini Gabritchidze for Eurasianet August 3, 2023

Despite broad support for seeking closer economic ties with Beijing, pro-Western observers in Georgia are wary of the relationship getting too close.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Ukraine awaits 'clear signal' of future Nato membership at Vilnius Summit

Robert Anderson in Prague July 10, 2023

Ukraine has proved in real time under real conditions that it is militarily ready for membership.

Tbilisi cancels gay pride march after right-wing protesters threaten violence

Ben Aris in Berlin July 10, 2023

The main event of Tbilisi Pride, which was scheduled for July 9, has been cancelled yet again after a large crowd of anti-LGBT protesters descending upon the venue and threatened violence.