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Tenth Anniversary of Eastern Partnership Marked in Brussels On May 13, the Foreign Ministers and representatives of Member States of the European Union and their counterparts from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries met in Brussels at a ministerial meeting dedicated to the tenth anniversary (...) - 13 May 2019
May 19 By-Elections in Georgia: List of Candidates On May 19, Georgian citizens will go to the polls to elect five municipality mayors, as well as to fill one vacant majoritarian seat in the Parliament and eight majoritarian seats in municipality councils. With the election day (...) - 13 May 2019
Pomerantsev: Russia uses disinformation in a truly militarized way Voice of America’s Ani Chkhikvadze spoke with Peter Pomerantsev, journalist and researcher, about the threat of disinformation in a rapidly developing information space. What threat does disinformation pose to democracy and countries (...) - 12 May 2019
Georgia-Azerbaijan commission to talk border next week Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani announced today that the renewed Georgian-Azerbaijani commission, tasked with delimitation of border between the two countries, will meet early next week, in its renewed composition. Zalkaliani (...) - 10 May 2019
French, Georgian Interior Ministers Pledge to Counter Crime, Illegal Migration On May 10, Interior Minister of France, Christophe Castaner, who is on an official trip to Georgia, met with his counterpart Giorgi Gakharia, and pledged to deepen police cooperation, especially against illegal migration. At the (...) - 10 May 2019
Parliament Weekly: April 22 – May 3 Committee hearings Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee On April 23, Levan Surguladze, director of the Pension Agency, reported to the Parliament’s Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee on the performance of his agency and (...) - 8 May 2019
SSG: Malkhaz Machalikashvili Plotted Terrorist Act The State Security Service of Georgia (SSG) says Malkhaz Machalikashvili, father of a terror-related case suspect – Temirlan Machalikashvili – who was shot dead during a detention operation in December 2017, plotted a terrorist act (...) - 7 May 2019
Georgian, Polish Presidents Pledge to Deepen Ties Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, who is on her first official visit to Warsaw on May 7-8, met today with her Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, with the two leaders pledging to deepen bilateral cooperation. According to (...) - 7 May 2019
In Quotes: Politicians, CSOs on New Lawsuit against Rustavi 2 TV Georgian politicians and representatives of civil society organizations have commented on a new lawsuit against Rustavi 2, one of the country’s leading national broadcasters. offers you these press remarks: Assessments by the (...) - 7 May 2019
Rustavi 2 Director Says Government behind New Lawsuit Nika Gvaramia, director general of Rustavi 2 TV, says the authorities have launched “a new phase of attack” against the opposition-leaning broadcaster with the aim of seizing the television channel and changing its editorial policy. (...) - 7 May 2019
Activists, Local Residents Rally in David Gareji Monastery Several hundred civic activists and local residents gathered in the premises of David Gareji Monastery on May 5 to protest against developments surrounding the medieval Orthodox monastic complex sitting on the border with Azerbaijan. (...) - 6 May 2019
Georgia Hosts International Military Logistics Exercise LOGDEV 19, a multinational logistics command post exercise led by the United States army, started today at the Vaziani military base, south of Tbilisi. The Georgian Defense Ministry (MoD) reported that a total of 130 participants will (...) - 6 May 2019
Former Economy Minister Clarifies Details of his Dismissal Former Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Giorgi Kobulia, spoke on May 5 on details of his dismissal from Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze’s cabinet last month. In his interview with the Forbes Week, a business news program (...) - 6 May 2019
Bill on Sexual Harassment Endorsed in Third Hearing The Parliament of Georgia endorsed with its third hearing on May 3 amendments to the Labor Code and a number of other laws, introducing the definition of sexual harassment, as well as administrative penalties for such offenses. Changes (...) - 4 May 2019
Georgian, Estonian Foreign Ministers Hold Phone Talk Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani and the newly-appointed Foreign Minister of Estonia, Urmas Reinsalu held a telephone conversation on May 3. According to the Georgian MFA, FM Zalkaliani congratulated Reinsalu on taking office, (...) - 3 May 2019
TV Producer Says Sacked for Criticizing Government over Pankisi Clashes Maia Stepnadze, former producer of Imedi TV’s “Skhva Rakursi” show (The Other Angle), claims she was fired from the channel for criticizing the Government over the Pankisi Gorge clashes on April 21. Stepnadze says the TV Director Giorgi (...) - 3 May 2019
FM Zalkaliani: Georgia, Azerbaijan to Resume Border Delimitation Talks Georgia and Azerbaijan agreed to resume border delimitation talks, Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani announced on May 2, few days after Azerbaijani border guards closed access to parts of the David Gareji Monastery, stirring wide-spread (...) - 3 May 2019
Interior Minister Reports to Parliament On May 2, the Parliament of Georgia heard a report from Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia on implementation of the Government’s program priorities for 2018. Gakharia focused in his introductory remarks on changes implemented in the (...) - 3 May 2019
CoE Committee of Ministers Adopts Decision on Conflict in Georgia The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, convened at the level of Deputy Ministers on May 2, adopted a decision on the conflict in Georgia, reiterating “the unequivocal support” of the Council of Europe member states for (...) - 2 May 2019
PM Announces Establishment of Environmental Ombudsman’s Office PM Mamuka Bakhtadze announced today establishment of the Environmental Ombudsman’s Office, a new unit under his administration dealing specifically with environment-related issues. David Morrison, U.S. citizen and former executive (...) - 2 May 2019
Georgia in House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing On May 1, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on ways to counter Russia’s growing aggression against its neighbors. Moscow’s occupation of two Georgian provinces – Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (...) - 2 May 2019

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