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The Georgian Dream plays the Chinese card against the West

The Georgian Dream plays the Chinese card against the West

Against the backdrop of a crisis in Georgia's relations with the West, Tbilisi is increasing ties with China, which is now building a strategic deep water port on the Black Sea.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
01 Jul 2024
The Georgian Dream is gambling its political future by moving away from the West

The Georgian Dream is gambling its political future by moving away from the West

Though most Georgians support Euro-Atlantic integration, the ruling Georgian Dream forced a Russian-inspired law to silence civil society and is increasingly critical of the West. Georgia's EU partners are warning that the law will hinder the country's path to European integration, while the United States is talking about revising bilateral relations and introducing personal sanctions against Georgian officials.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
18 Jun 2024
Is Georgia about to score an own goal?

Is Georgia about to score an own goal?

Georgia could restrict the rights of the LGBT community. The move would hinder the country’s European integration.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
16 Apr 2024
Georgia’s oligarch is back. Will he steer the country towards Russia?

Georgia’s oligarch is back. Will he steer the country towards Russia?

With elections looming this year, Georgia’s éminence grise, oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, returned to politics. Shortly after that, a new, pro-Russian premier was appointed.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
11 Mar 2024
Pro-Russians in EU-candidate Georgia want to vindicate Stalin

Pro-Russians in EU-candidate Georgia want to vindicate Stalin

A scandal regarding an icon depicting Stalin in Tbilis’s main cathedral brought into spotlight efforts by pro-Russians and Russian propaganda to revive the cult of the former dictator. Following protests against the icon, the ruling Georgian Dream, which claims to be committed to Euro-Atlantic integration, unveiled Russian-inspired plans to criminalize religious insults. 

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
16 Feb 2024
Georgia in 2024: between getting closer to the EU and the domestic struggle for power

Georgia in 2024: between getting closer to the EU and the domestic struggle for power

Georgia was granted EU candidate country in late 2023, but it needs to undertake a number of reforms before the actual negotiations would start. The European Council’s decision came following a complicated year, when the ruling Georgian Dream was faced with criticism from the West and domestic turmoil for what were perceived as pro-Russian and authoritarian policies. Veridica spoke with the co-founder of the Center for Strategic Analysis (GSAC), former Georgian Ambassador to Russia Valery Chechelashvili about how the events of 2023 could affect the future of Georgia, considering the fact that 2024 is an election year.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
10 Jan 2024
Russia grabs Georgian land as it tries to keep the Caucasus country out of the EU

Russia grabs Georgian land as it tries to keep the Caucasus country out of the EU

The recent killing of a Georgian by Russian troops brought into spotlight Moscow’s policy of encroaching of Georgian land. It was also an attempt to sabotage Tbilisi’s EU integration.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
15 Nov 2023
The war in Nagorno-Karabakh, prelude to Russia’s exit from the Southern Caucasus?

The war in Nagorno-Karabakh, prelude to Russia’s exit from the Southern Caucasus?

The dismantling of the Nagorno Karabakh republic was the most important change in the South Caucus since Turkey (re)emerged as a powerhouse there. More changes might follow.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
19 Oct 2023
Georgia: a “coup plot”, the president’s impeachment and a looming rejection by the EU

Georgia: a “coup plot”, the president’s impeachment and a looming rejection by the EU

As experts warn that Georgia will not be granted EU candidate status this year, authorities allege there was a coup plot and the parliament impeaches the president.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
02 Oct 2023
Georgia is increasingly dependent on Russia despite its European aspirations

Georgia is increasingly dependent on Russia despite its European aspirations

Georgia is increasingly economically dependent on Russia, which generates security risks for Tbilisi. There are also concerns that Moscow is circumventing Western sanctions through Georgia.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
25 Aug 2023
Georgia claims to fight oligarchs, but it protects the most powerful one

Georgia claims to fight oligarchs, but it protects the most powerful one

The Georgian Dream proposes an anti-oligarch law to unblock Georgia's path to the EU. The law protects Bidzina Ivanishvili and was criticized by the Venice Commission.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
05 Jul 2023
Georgia’s EU integration, threatened by the unwillingness to reform the judiciary

Georgia’s EU integration, threatened by the unwillingness to reform the judiciary

While Georgia hopes to be granted EU-candidate status, its government seems unwilling to reform the judiciary, as demanded by both Brussels and the US.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
31 May 2023
The President challenging the Georgian Dream

The President challenging the Georgian Dream

Georgian President Salome Zourabishvili is increasingly distancing herself from the ruling Georgian Dream party that helped her win the elections. Zourabishvili opposes the Georgian Dream increasingly anti-Western rhetoric and seems poised to challenge the Georgian Dream with a new political movement that would bring Georgia closer to the EU.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
21 Apr 2023
In Georgia, the government is looking at the Russian playbook while the population is aiming for EU membership

In Georgia, the government is looking at the Russian playbook while the population is aiming for EU membership

Georgia’s ruling Georgian Dream was recently forced to drop a Russian-inspired bill. The party seems determined to return to this project, which may compromise Georgia's European path, but is promoted by Russian propaganda. The problem for the Georgian Dream - and for Moscow - is that most of the population opts for Euro-Atlantic integration.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
21 Mar 2023
Georgia is being pushed towards Moscow’s orbit by oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili. Is the government in Tbilisi risking the ire of the country’s pro-European majority?

Georgia is being pushed towards Moscow’s orbit by oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili. Is the government in Tbilisi risking the ire of the country’s pro-European majority?

Formally, Tbilisi maintains its course towards integration into Euro-Atlantic structures, but the movement towards the West has been on inertia lately, while Moscow's influence is only growing. The ruling party, founded by oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, increasingly links national interests with his personal interests, be it political or business related. At a decisive moment for Georgia's future, such a policy may prove fatal.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
23 Feb 2023
The Russian independent media writes about the West encouraging Russia’s aggression in the last thirty years, whether through indifference or collusion

The Russian independent media writes about the West encouraging Russia’s aggression in the last thirty years, whether through indifference or collusion

Russia’s imperialistic drive is the result of policies in the “liberal” ‘90s, which the West and Ukraine turned a blind eye to at the time, the Russian independent media writes. Independent publications also claim that, by invading Ukraine, Russia brought European closer together. Previously, Moscow was bankrolling MEPs to gather support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Independent journalists have also analyzed the attitude of Russian artists towards the war, and noticed that those artists who are particularly popular with the younger generations refrained from supporting the war and even criticized it.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
07 Feb 2023