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Despite mass demonstrations in Georgia against the seemingly pro-Russian “foreign agents” law in March and growing Russian trade turnover following the start of the war in Ukraine, the government in Tbilisi remains dedicated to joining the EU.
Since communism collapsed and Georgia achieved independence, we have only too often witnessed an ambivalence about the country's future direction among its ruling elites.
Two days of mass protest have forced the ruling Georgian Dream party to back down and withdraw a proposed “foreign agents” law, which would brand NGOs and media that receive more than 20% of their income from abroad.
Legislation would require any organisation that receives over 20% of its funding from overseas to register as foreign agents or face substantial fines.
French President Emmanuel Macron is in Africa. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has just been to Central Asia before visiting India, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has just completed a tour of Africa, India and the Caucasus.
There is a high risk of a renewed outbreak of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and only a slight chance of a peace deal that settles the status of the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh within Azerbaijan.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was on the road this week making his first diplomatic trips following his re-election and symbolically chose to meet Russia's Putin first, but just as symbolically chose to meet France's Macron the next day.
The Georgian opposition believes that the bill will be used to punish opposition financiers and to protect the interests of Georgian Dream founder Bidzina Ivanishvili.
The mega project was cancelled in 2020 amid political acrimony and geopolitical speculation. Now, a shift in regional transport routes may be breathing new life into it.
Ruling Georgian Dream party says founder Bidzina Ivanishvil will not fall under new planned bill.
Georgia can become an EU candidate country, but not with Georgian Dream in power.
On Ukraine's border and with part of its territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists, Moldova is hoping for a positive answer to its application for EU candidate status.
Sanctioned Alfa Group transfers 7.7% stake and control of famous drinks company to Georgian state.
Media reports at the weekend said that Georgia would not be given candidate status to start negotiations on EU accession at the June 23-24 EU summit.
Georgian cinema has been enjoying a renaissance, becoming a darling of the international independent film world. But it’s also running into political problems at home.
Georgians make up the most prominent contingent of foreign fighters in Ukraine. At least nine have been killed.
The ruling party, apparently fed up with President Salome Zurabishvili's outspoken support for Ukraine, now says it will appeal to the Constitutional Court because she has overstepped her duties.
Country's image as a business haven seems to have reached its limits. Raft of scandals, major failed investment deals and a corrupt, unreformed judiciary have nearly ground investment to a halt.
Colour revolutions inspire as regular people unite to throw the corrupt fat cats out of office. But the euphoria doesn't last as the new government that comes in usually fails to make life better.
What next in Georgia following the turmoil in recent days that has seen the PM quit, the leader of the opposition grabbed by security forces and Irakli Garibashvili, who is refusing to hold a snap election, made the new head of government?