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Opinion

  • Responsibility, not informal influence
    Editorial
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    Georgia’s greatest obstacle to becoming a European democracy is the persistence of an informal system of political governance. Though most welcomed the change of government in 2012, the signs were there early on: When then Prime Minister Bidzi...

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Interviews

  • Boris Iarochevitch: Georgia's on track
    Mari Nikuradze
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    "I think that Georgia is almost there when it comes to fulfilling the visa liberalization action plan. Now it is up to the member states of the EU to decide. I think that people in Georgia deserve visa-free regime. I see no reason now to delay it f...

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NGO news

  • NGOs urge Georgia to overhaul its strategy towards Russiangos
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - Georgian NGOs call upon the government to "fundamentally revise" its politics toward Russia, postpone next round of Abashidze-Karasin talks and ensure more involvement of the international community in Georgian-Russian relations. ...

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Economy

  • PM urges calm as Georgian lari reaches lowest level since 1999irakli_garibashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s currency lari has reached its lowest level since 1999, but the government is optimistic and blames media and analysts of being incompetent and engaging in speculating. The lari is now at 2.416 against the US dollar,...

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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

  • Georgian TV company cancels two talk showsgrigolia-inga_imedis-kvira
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian TV company on Sunday announced that it will suspend two popular political talk shows ‘temporarily’ until 2016, promising to change their format and offer viewers ‘a new product.’ Imedi’s decision was met wi...
  • Animal rights activists storm Batumi Dolphinarium, using tear gasbatumi_dolphinarium
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Six men broke into a dolphinarium in Batumi on Sunday, and demanded that the dolphins be set free. The six activists were all detained and questioned. According to Batumi Dolphinarium’s management, the group broke through ...
  • North Caucasus Watch (22–28 August 2015)caucasus
    DFWatch (22–28 August 2015) Daghestan Former mayor of Makhachkala, Said Amirov, was sentenced to life by a court in Rostov-on-Don on 27 August. His relative Yusup Dzhaparov was sentenced to 18 years in penal colony. Court found Amirov guilty of...
  • Former police officer shot and killed in TbilisiMIA_shark
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A former police officer was shot and killed outside Tbilisi Friday night. A former deputy interior minister was seriously injured. The deceased is Revaz Kalomletsavi, a cousin of the injured, Levan Gvazava, who is in hospital w...
  • Russia sees NATO's new training facility in Georgia as a provocationkremlin
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Russia sees the opening of NATO’s new training facility in Georgia as a ‘continuation of the provocative policy of the alliance aimed at expanding its geopolitical influence.’ NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursd...
  • Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko is visiting Batumiviktor_yushchenko
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is visiting Batumi, a seaside city on the Black Sea coast. Yushchenko, who became famous as one of the leaders of the Orange Revolution in 2004, is accompanied by his wife and not vi...
  • Joint NATO-Georgian training facility inaugurated near TbilisiNATO
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Thursday unveiled new Joint Training and Evaluation Centre in Georgia during his first visit to the country. The centre is located inside the functioning military facility at Krtsanisi s...
  • Two Georgians detained on disputed South Ossetia borderditsi 2
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian border guards on Tuesday detained two Georgian citizens who were out attending cattle in Bershueti, which borders with the breakaway region South Ossetia. The detainees are Muraz Javakhishvili (75) and Ivane Sekhniashvi...
  • Batumi's 7 meter tall 'Nino and Ali' sculpture damaged during movingali_and_nino
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A seven meter tall steel statue which is one of the coastal city’s most important tourist attractions was damaged while being moved. The Nino and Ali statue stands on the seafront and portrays a man and a woman. It is lit up ...
  • Power cut and flooded streets in Batumiflood_batumi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Heavy rain battered the Black Sea port of Batumi on Tuesday, causing flooding. Several streets including the entrance to the city were blocked by the flood, while rescue workers tried to help with the first floors of buildings ...
  • Tbilisi's House of Justice has cracks in one of its "petals"house_of_justice_tbilisi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi’s futuristic House of Justice has once again run into difficulties, this time because cracks appeared on one of its trademark “petals”. People will be restricted from walking under the damaged area from August 25 ...
  • Dangerous Listeria bacteria found in "Saojakho" ice creamice_cream_listeria
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s National Food Agency on Monday said there has been found Listeria bacteria in ice cream of the brand "Saojakho". The contaminated products originate from the Mkinvari factory in Samtredia, a town in the western Imer...
  • Tbilisi super cup heats up an old debate in Abkhaziauefa_super_cup
    A group of Abkhaz football fans faced harsh criticism in Abkhazia for travelling to Tbilisi for  the UEFA Super Cup. The UEFA Super Cup football match between Spanish teams, Barcelona and Sevilla, was arguably the hottest sport event that took ...
  • Minister: Final decision, PM will head the delegationtamar_beruchashvili
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - Last year, rivalry between Georgia's top two men over who would represent the country at the UN climate conference led to weeks of uncertainty and squabbling. That time, the president had to back down. He has do the same once ...
  • Boris Iarochevitch: Georgia's on trackcropped boris
    "I think that Georgia is almost there when it comes to fulfilling the visa liberalization action plan. Now it is up to the member states of the EU to decide. I think that people in Georgia deserve visa-free regime. I see no reason now to delay it f...
  • Tourists evacuated by helicopter from Tushetitusheti_airlift_tourists
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Many tourists were airlifted by helicopter on Sunday after being stuck in Tusheti in the northeast of Georgia due to bad weather. Emergency crews evacuated more than 350 people by helicopter from the disaster zone, and brought ...

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Minorities

  • One Caucasus Festival kicks off near Marneulimtsvadi1
    Tserakvi, DFWatch - Festival brings south Georgia’s multi-ethnic community together with visitors from Armenia and Azerbaijan for music, art, sport, and activism. One Caucasus Festival kicked off yesterday in Tserakvi in Marneuli district, tur...
  • Youth of multiple ethnic backgrounds join forces for One Caucasus Festivalonecaucasus
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - Ethnic Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian activists from Marneuli district take part in preparations for the One Caucasus Festival to be held on 27–29 August in the village of Tserakvi. Days before the official opening of t...

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Photo galleries

  • 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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