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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

  • 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 ...
  • North Caucasus Watch (15–21 August 2015)caucasus
    DFWatch (15–21 August 2015) Dagestan According to National Antiterrorist Committee of Russia, the leader of the Vilayyat Daghestan Mountainous Sector of the Caucasian Emirate, Gadzhi Abdullayev (known as Abu Dujana), was killed in course of the...
  • Eleven people injured as minibus full of tourists overturnsminibus_accident_Jvari_Zugdidi_road
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A minibus overturned in western Georgia on Saturday, injuring 11 people, three of whom are in a serious condition. The minibus, a Ford Sprinter, was carrying tourists from Russia, Serbia and Poland when it ran into a utility po...
  • Georgian professional NBA player signs contract to train youth in Tbilisizaza_pachulia
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Sports Ministry has handed a property in Tbilisi to a Georgian who is a professional NBA player in the United States, playing for Dallas Mavericks. Zaza Pachulia, who is also captain of Georgia’s national team, pl...
  • Tbilisi court gives woman control of frozen embryo after couple splitcity-court-in-tbilisi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Civil Litigation Chamber at Tbilisi City Court ruled in favor of a female claimant and decided to leave a frozen embryo at her disposal. Her husband was against surrogacy. At a press release published on its website, Tbilisi Ci...
  • Hailstorm devastates 2,000 hectares of Kakheti vineyards7-stiqia-20-agvisto
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Over a dozen wine-producing villages in Kvareli, in the Kakheti region, were hit by a strong hailstorm overnight on Thursday that almost totally devastated the harvest, damaged houses and vehicles and tore down trees. According...
  • Europe's largest dam granted cultural heritage status by Georgiaenguri_dam_Cropped
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Culture Ministry on Thursday granted cultural heritage status to the Enguri hydro power dam, one of the world's tallest concrete arch dams. The dam is 271 meters tall and is located partially on the territory of br...
  • Search for second suspect in Yuri Vazagashvili murder casetbilisi_city_court
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Prosecutors in Georgia are searching for another suspect in the investigation into the murder of a human rights activists seven months ago. As the trial of a man suspected of murdering Iuri Vazagashvili continued Thursday, a la...

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Minorities

  • 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...
  • Combating transphobia through grassroots activism2015-07-31 21.41.13 (Kopiowanie)
    TBILISI, DFWatch--While transphobia remains a societal and legal issue in Georgia, NGO activists try to raise awareness of the problem and exercise pressure on the authorities. As some in Georgia are still in shock over the ‘not guilty’ verd...

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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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