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EU to Georgia: Sort out your political issues

EU to Georgia: Sort out your political issues

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, "underlined the vital importance of Georgian political parties finding common ground on the current political situation" in a meeting on Thursday (21 January) with visiting Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili.

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Commentary: Georgia's new political journey

Commentary: Georgia's new political journey

The period of democratic transition is over, and a new phase, where the emphasis must be on state and democratic consolidation, has opened. The October 2016 Parliamentary elections in Georgia were not perfect, but they were the best the country ever had, and within the accepted international standards. Well organised, competitive and fair elections now need to become a habit, so that politicians and voters alike can focus on policies and substance.
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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.