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Conference on the Future of Europe officially launched at Strasbourg event

Conference on the Future of Europe officially launched at Strasbourg event

The European Union's big project of consultation with its citizens kicked off in Strasbourg on 9 May - Europe Day. The Conference on the Future of Europe is meant to provide an opportunity for all EU citizens to participate in the debate on how the EU should be shaped through a series of digital platforms and citizens' panels. Sunday's Strasbourg meeting was filled with big words by EU leaders. There was talk of "a new beginning", the "next generation of Europeans" and "a democratic wind". European Commission president, Ursula Von der Leyen, spoke of the opportunity "to simplify" the EU "and make it more 'down to earth' where necessary".

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Commentary: The old politics is still not quite dead in Georgia, but its end is near

Commentary: The old politics is still not quite dead in Georgia, but its end is near

One can still see signs of the old politics in Georgia’s political campaigning, but they are the signs of a dying political culture that is slowly but surely making way to something much better, and much healthier. How the process will play out on election day itself - 8 October, will either seal this trend or reverse it.
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Commentary: Maintaining a peaceful environment ahead of Georgia’s election

Commentary: Maintaining a peaceful environment ahead of Georgia’s election

The United States Ambassador to Georgia, Ian Kelly, this week was quoted as describing the campaign ahead of the 8 October parliamentary elections as "very good and exemplary". Indeed, those familiar with Georgia's election history are pleasantly surprised, but point out that there are two weeks of campaigning yet, and of course election day itself, and surprises cannot be excluded.
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Azerbaijan celebrates independence day

Azerbaijan celebrates independence day

President Ilham Aliev inaugurated the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the country's independence. Azerbaijan’s Supreme Council adopted the Constitutional Act on State Independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 18 October 1991, and this was later confirmed by a popular referendum in December 1991.