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  • Georgian vulnerability to the EU’s uncertain future
    Tatia Dolidze
    As the EU is experiencing the greatest identity crisis in its 60 years of existence, it is important to remember that  European integration is a history of crises and compromises. The current crisis is a good chance for the EU...

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  • Open Society criticizes Hungary's government for anti-NGO law
    Open Society Foundations criticizes the  Hungarian government and accuses it of trying to silence academic freedom by proposing a law against internationally funded NGOs, which will make it ‘impossible’ for the Central European University in B...

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Society

  • Georgia bans smoking indoors and at sports arenas
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia will introduce a blanket ban on smoking indoors, after parliament approved a bill proposed in February. The ban covers smoking in buildings and includes a tough package of fines to ensure that it is followed, prescribi...

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News

  • Georgian Airways plane rolls off runway at Moscow airport
    TBILISI, DFWatch--No-one was injured when a passenger jet belonging to Georgian Airways went past the end of the runway at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on Sunday after landing. The Boeing-737 had just arrived from Tbilisi with 106 passengers and s...
  • Russia's FM Lavrov to visit Georgia's breakaway region Abkhazia
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit the Georgian breakaway region Abkhazia next week to open a new Russian embassy and meet with the local leadership. Lavrov’s working visit will start April 18 with ...
  • Georgian priest suspected of murder suing government for unfair trial
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A priest awaiting trial for murder is suing Georgia at the European Court of Human Rights, claiming the country is depriving him of a fair trial. Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze is  accused of planning to poison a member ...
  • Georgia to get rid of its SU-25 in favor of drones and helicopters
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is getting rid of its Soviet era Su-25 attack aircraft, and will instead rely on military helicopters and drones, the country’s defense minister said. Su-25 is a severely outdated aircraft which re...
  • South Ossetia declares de facto presidential election valid
    TBILISI, DFWatch--South Ossetia’s de facto authorities have declared the election for a new leader of the separatist region valid. According to latest news, assembly speaker Anatoly Bibilov is in the lead. He has already declared victory, but ...
  • Georgian president accuses ruling GD of stalling democratic reforms
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Friday slammed the governing GD party for dragging its feet on the way to further democratic reforms and claimed there is a ‘crisis’ in the justice system. The president launched the ...
  • Bomb scare causes evacuation of Metekhi Bridge
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A false bomb alert caused a bridge close to a restaurant district in Tbilisi to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon. Passers-by noticed a suspicious suitcase on the sidewalk of Metekhi Bridge at around 6pm...
  • Ex-official brutally attacked in Tbilisi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Unknown assailants brutally beat a former interior ministry official in Tbilisi Monday morning. The two masked men assaulted Gela Khvedelidze, a former deputy interior minister, close to his home in the center of Tbilisi, as&nb...
  • Rustavi 2 web domain hijacked by former owners
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s embattled opposition TV company Rustavi 2 has lost control over its web domain and has had to switch to a different address to stay online. In a statement posted online on its new address, Rustavi 2 blamed former o...
  • Former vice speaker of parliament found guilty of embezzlement
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A former vice speaker of parliament in Georgia has been sentenced to four years in prison. Rusudan Kervalishvili (62), who served as vice speaker of parliament in 2008-2012 representing the National Movement, was detained insid...
  • Georgia isn't implementing law it passed in return for visa-free travel to Europe
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia passed a law against discrimination three years ago, and in return the European Union gave its citizens visa-free travel to Europe. But the local human rights watchdog now says the anti-discrimination law&nb...
  • Georgia detains Ukrainian ex-official linked to Yanukovich
    TBILISI, DFWatch--An ally of the exiled former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich has been detained in Tbilisi by Interpol on suspicion of corruption. Igor Kiriushin (59), a veteran official at the Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy, was det...
  • Georgians celebrate start of visa-free travel to Europe
    TBILISI, DFWatch--There were celebrations in the capital Tbilisi on Monday as Georgian nationals may travel without a visa to Europe's vast borderless Schengen area from March 28. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvi...
  • Activists claim police are planting drugs on government critics
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The daughter of the president of Georgia claims police framed her friend because he has been involved in political work for the president. It used to be an oft-heard story during the Saakashvili presidency: regim...
  • 11-year-old girl killed by car in Tbilisi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--An 11 year old girl was killed in a car crash on the outskirts of Tbilisi on Tuesday. The tragic accident occurred in the morning hours Tuesday on Aghmashenebeli Lane on the northern outskirts of the city. The car, presumabl...
  • Georgian president vetoes controversial surveillance bill
    (DF Watch)
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Monday vetoed a surveillance bill which civil society groups claim does not go far enough in reining in the powers of the secret police. Also opposition parties have criticized the bi...

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Minorities

  • Too young to tie the knot
    IORMUGHANLO, DFWatch--Although Georgia has brought in a more restrictive marriage law, the problems of child marriage and arranged engagements persist, especially in areas with a minority population. A study carried out by the United Nations Pop...
  • Four transgender women attacked at Tbilisi nightclub
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Four transgender women are being treated for cuts after an attack at a nightclub in downtown Tbilisi, the capital of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The incident occurred at 7am Monday on Elbakidze Street, near Rustaveli...

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