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Opinion

  • Dances with a bear
    Editorial
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    The lukewarm Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga further outlined the value of Georgia’s two most important interconnected strategic goals: transforming the country into a modern European state and its European perspective of joining the EU. ...

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Interviews

  • Interview: How has Georgia changed since 2012?
    DFWatch staff
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    Lincoln Mitchell, Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, recently visited Georgia to attend a conference in Batumi from 18th to 19th June Georgia’s European way. After arriving in Tbilisi Mitchell, who is a Georgia-ana...

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NGO news

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Economy

  • Rustavi smelter plant fires hundreds of employees due to lawsuitrustavi-poladi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Rustavi Poladi, a smelter plant in a town 20km away from the capital, has fired hundreds of employees because of a lawsuit. Nugzar Kachukhashvili, Director of Rustavi Poladi Ltd, said at a press conference on Monday that the ...
  • Foreign investments in Q1 down 34% in 2015sakdrisi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--There was 34 percent less direct foreign investment in Georgia in the first quarter of 2015 than in the same period last year. According to preliminary figures from the Georgian National Statistics Department, GeoStat, the amou...

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Society

  • Thousands of Georgians despair as Greece halts money transfersbank_of_greece
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The crisis in Greece has also hit hard for as many as 200,000 Georgians who are living and working in the country, and their families back home in Georgia. Money transfers are currently halted, as well as trailer transport. The...

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News

  • Former defense minister charged with appropriation of propertydavit_kezerashvili_Cropped
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Prosecutor  General’s Office on Thursday charged a former defense minister with appropriation of property from private persons during his time in office. The Prosecutor General’s Office said Davit Kezerashvili ...
  • Georgian volunteer soldier reported dead in UkraineLashkhia rustavi 2
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian, who was fighting for Ukraine in Mariupol, has been reported dead. The death of Konstantine (Kote) Lashkhia has not yet been officially confirmed. Rustavi 2 reported it based on information from Davit Makashvili, who...
  • Georgia's National Bank raises refinancing rate to 5.5%National_Bank
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The National Bank of Georgia is increasing the refinancing rate because of an expected increase in inflation, which means that loans for a certain category of clients will get more expensive. The explanation given for the Natio...
  • Ukraine's 'Georgian' minister resignsAleksandre Kvitashvili
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - Embattled Ukrainian Health Minister, Alexandre  Kvitashvili, resigned Thursday after harsh criticism by the parliament, Verkhovna Rada and even by his former boss and current informal leader, Mikheil Saakashvili. "The old sys...
  • 20 year old detained for raping 11 year old boyMIA_shark
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia have detained a 20 year old man who is accused of raping and bringing an 11 year old boy to the point of suicide. The boy who was raped is dead. Investigators think he committed suicide, but the relatives are ...
  • Dead zoo animals pulled out of river in Tbilisiriver_mtkvari
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Rescue workers on Tuesday pulled a number of dead animals out of the river Mtkvari in Tbilisi, while looking for victims of the June 14 flood. 19 people died in the flood, while three are still missing. Apart from the human ...
  • Online ticket sale of UEFA Super Cup tickets opens, and closesuefa_super_cup
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Online ticket sale for the August 11 UEFA Super Cup match between Barcelona and Sevilla began Tuesday morning, but was stopped in the evening due to technical problems. The site biletebi.ge began selling tickets at 9am, but at 9pm,...
  • Thousands of Georgians despair as Greece halts money transfersbank_of_greece
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The crisis in Greece has also hit hard for as many as 200,000 Georgians who are living and working in the country, and their families back home in Georgia. Money transfers are currently halted, as well as trailer transport. The...
  • On the road. A story of one Iraqi refugee in Georgiamustafa
    Tbilisi, DFWatch – According to the estimates from the UNCHR, as of December 2014 there were over 1200 asylum seekers and over 800 refugees in Georgia. 26 year old Mustafa Shalan is one of them. His story, which he told me one spring afternoon in...
  • PM Garibashvili: We'll decide same-sex marriage issue by ourselvesirakli_gharibashvili
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - Georgia’s PM will do his best to fix definition of a marriage as ‘union of a man and a woman.’ In a lengthy interview published on Monday by a popular Georgian ultra-conservative newspaper Asaval-Dasavali, Irakli Garibas...
  • Georgian parliament approves controversial bank billNational_Bank
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Parliament in Georgia approved a bill on Sunday which will relieve the National Bank of responsibility for supervising private banks and instead transfer such authority to a new agency. The vote was preliminary, as the bill mu...
  • Thirteenth Georgian dies fighting in Syriaturpal-_borchashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A 23 year old was reported by locals in his hometown in Pankisi Gorge Sunday to have died in the Syria war. Turpal Borchashvili is at least the thirteenth Georgian citizen who has died in Syria fighting for Islamists. Borcha...
  • Anaklia hosts GEM Fest, instead of KaZantip, in July123
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - A western Georgian Black Sea resort Anaklia is going to host one of the largest electronic music festivals this summer. GEM Fest features popular electronic music stars, such as world renowned Dutch DJ and trance guru Armin v...
  • Judicial committee joins president in resisting National Bank billvakhtang_khmaladze
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament’s judiciary committee agree with the president about a proposed bill to strip away the bank supervisory function from the National Bank, claiming that it violates the constitution. Committee chair Vakh...
  • Georgia extradites man suspected of beating wife to the U.S.iranian_-extradited_to_US
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has extradited a man holding dual Iranian-U.S. citizenship to the United States. The man has been subject to an Interpol red alert notice since 2011. The man, who is born in 1979, was detained on January 23, 2015 by Geo...
  • 80% of UEFA Super Cup tickets will be reserved for Georgiansuefa_super_cup
    TBILISI, DFWatch--80% of tickets for the August 11 UEFA Super Cup match between Barcelona and Sevillia in Tbilisi will be sold exclusively to Georgians. Only 6,000 tickets will be earmarked for visiting football fans from abroad. Eka Eloshvili, spok...
  • Georgian president to veto National Bank billmargvelashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--For at least the second time, the situation between the Georgian parliament and the president has become tense. Now the president plans to veto an initiative concerning the president of the National Bank. Since the president an...
  • Ditsi incident and irrigation canal discussed during South Ossetia talks56th_-IPRM
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The sides in the 2008 Georgia war met for a field meeting on Wednesday at Ergneti, a village on the border with the Georgian breakaway region South Ossetia. Also this time, border issues were on the agenda at the so-called Inci...

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  • Zezvaoba - a people's celebration of 17th century herozezvaoba_2015
    Zezvaoba is a celebration held every year in the villages Zemo Alvani and Kvemo Alvani. It is a commemoration of Zezva Gaprindauli, one of the leaders of the Bakhtrioni uprising against the Persians in 1659. A ritual called Dalaoba is part of...

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