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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

  • Foreign investments in Georgia increased 87% in 2014new_kobuleti_road
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Direct foreign investments in Georgia increased 87 percent in 2014, compared to the year before, according to precise data published by the National Statistics Department. The report, which was published on Monday, says investm...

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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

  • 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...
  • Prominent Georgian ballet dancer drowns in Pankisiballet
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - A principal dancer at Tbilisi ballet company drowned Wednesday in a lake in Pankisi Gorge, Eastern Georgia. According to the Emergency Management Agency at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, accident occurred when Giorgi Mshven...
  • Russian helicopter flies over Georgian-controlled territoryAfghan_Mi-8M_Cropped
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Foreign Ministry calls on Russia to respect international law after a Russian helicopter overflew Georgian-controlled territory. According to the ministry, the incident took place at 10:57am on August 19. A Russian ...
  • Georgia's PM blames private business for causing lari's instabilityirakli_garibashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s prime minister blames business leaders for causing the instability of the national currency lari by keeping their money in US dollars. Irakli Garibashvili explained Wednesday during a visit to Batumi, a city on Blac...

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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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