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Opinion

  • Georgia’s Magna Carta
    Davit Usupashvili
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    Shakespeare would no doubt concur that democracy has an element of drama. In this drama, a constitution may be likened to a play, minus the actors. Setting the scene, a constitution lays out the notion of a state, like the preamble of a play. Artic...

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Interviews

  • Europe Needs a New Narrative
    DFWatch staff
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    New Eastern Europe A Bimonthly Dedicated to Central and Eastern Europe An interview with John Kornblum, American diplomat, businessman and former US ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. Interviewer: Matthew Luxmoore. Interview was p...

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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

  • Remittances to Georgia plummet by a fifthNational_Bank
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Money transfers from abroad to Georgia in June dropped by 20.8% compared to the same period last year, according to the latest monthly report by the National Bank. The total amount of money transfer flow in June was $100.4 mill...

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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

  • U.S. State Dep: Georgia shows progress in fight against human traffickingbrothel_busted_tbilisi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--In a new report, the U.S. Department of State says Georgia has had progress in fighting human trafficking. The 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report report, which was published Tuesday, says the Georgian government does not fully ...
  • EU representative's car hits and kills 15 year old in Georgiaozurgeti_police_car
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A car belonging to the European Union Delegation to Georgia ran into a 15 year old boy on Sunday causing his death. The accident happened 30km away from the capital Tbilisi. An EU delegation spokesperson confirmed to DF Watc...
  • Tbilisi Olympic festival not prepared for people with special needsTbilisi_2015_olympic_festival
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Youth Olympic Festival does not have proper infrastructure for people with special needs, according to Georgia’s ombudsman. Rustavi 2 reported Sunday that wheelchair users and others with special needs who wanted...
  • Tbilisi flood was preceded by more than 100mm of rainfallmud_-_flood_water
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A new study shows that there was more than 100 mm of precipitation the night of June 13-14, when a disastrous flood killed at least 19 people in Tbilisi. Three are still missing after the flood, which destroyed many houses and ...
  • European Youth Olympic Festival opened in Tbilisiolympic_festival_opening_ceremony_torch2
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Youth Olympic Festival opened in Tbilisi Sunday evening. About 1,500 people attending the opening ceremony at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium. The ceremony lasted about two hours and included Georgian national dances and ch...
  • Georgian man detained at South Ossetia borderkhurvaleti_border_fence
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian border guards Saturday detained a man in a village bordering with Georgia’s breakaway region South Ossetia. Davit Khuroshvili, 48, from Khurvaleti was detained for violating the border. Locals claim he was detained in...
  • Georgian defense minister asks Ukraine to explain Saakashvili's statementstina_khidasheli_IPN
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli has asked Ukraine’s government to explain whether they take responsibility for statements made by former Georgian President Mikheil Saaksahvili, who is now governor of Odessa. Khidash...
  • North Caucasus Watch 18–24 July 2015caucasus
    DFWatch (18–24 July 2015) Daghestan A policeman and a suspected militant were killed in a shootout in the Tabasaran district on 19 July. A group of unidentified people opened fire to a group of policemen in the forest near the village of Akka....
  • PM accuses president of promoting Saakashvili's partyirakli_garibashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Thursday accused President Giorgi Margvelashvili of being pro-National Movement, after the latter pardoned the brother of a member of that party, which is opposed to the government. Among 9...
  • Jachvliani: EBRD should award me for publicitysoso_jachvliani
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - A member of parliament from the ruling Georgian Dream coalition, whose apparent confusion of the abbreviation for European Bank for Reconstruction and Development with a brothel has become an instant hit in social media, came for...
  • Hail hits Kakheti wine heartlandhail storm kakheti 2013-04-10 ii
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - Hailstorm once again hit Telavi and Kvareli municipalities, heartland of Georgia’s grape growing and wine producing Kakheti region in Eastern Georgia, badly damaging famous vineyards, as well as watermelon and corn fields. L...
  • Georgian MP confused EBRD with a brothelsoso_jachvliani
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A member of parliament from the governing coalition on Wednesday defended himself against what he thought was innuendo implying that he had visited a brothel. The speech by Soso Jachvliani, an armwrestler, actor and film direct...
  • Gomelauri confirmed as head of Georgia's new counterintelligencevakhtang_gomelauri
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri was approved as new head of the State Security Service on Wednesday, as the ministry he has headed until now is split in two. Facing questions from parliamentarians, Gomelauri said that one ...
  • Donald Tusk sees off Georgian soldiers bound for Central African Republicdonald_tusk_-Georgian_soldiers
    TBILISI, DFWatch--At the end of his two-day visit to Georgia, President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Tuesday attended a meeting with Georgian soldiers preparing to leave for the Central African Republic. He wished the soldiers good luc...
  • Ombudsman calls for investigation of banker's 2011 detention and fineucha_nanuashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Public Defender has asked the Prosecutor General’s Office to investigate a possible crime which took place in March, 2011. A person with the initials L.L. was detained by strangers and brought to the Prosecutor Ge...
  • Donald Tusk visits Georgia's disputed border zonedonald_tusk_2015-07-20
    TBILISI, DFWatch--President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Tuesday visited an area near the disputed border with South Ossetia where Russian border guards recently installed new signs. Tusk went to the area near Khurvaleti and Tsiteluban...
  • Donald Tusk visits Georgia, takes sides in border disputegiorgi_margvelashvili-donald_tusk
    TBILISI, DFWatch--President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Monday sided with Georgia in a conflict over the installation of border signs with South Ossetia, calling the signs a provocation. The signs are placed along the old ‘administr...

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Minorities

  • Akhalkalaki media: Tbilisi should not fear Armenian separatismjnews
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - Georgia should not fear separatism in Samtskhe-Javakheti, writes jnews, an Akhalkalaki-based news website. In a meeting, organized by the Go Group Media back in June, journalists, local civil society activists from Akhalkalaki...

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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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