Turkey equipping Moscow’s war machine, data shows

bne IntelIiNews November 27, 2023

While Ankara records show “dual-use” goods going to Central Asia and Caucasus, trade registry discrepancies across region indicate items actually go to Russia.

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

European Commission recommends EU open accession negotiations with Ukraine

bne IntelliNews November 9, 2023

The European Commission has recommended that the European Council open accession negotiations with Ukraine.

Ukraine and Moldova recommended for EU accession talks, Western Balkans urged to speed up reforms

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2023

Releasing enlargement report package, Commission also calls for candidate status for Georgia, but criticises stalling in some longstanding Western Balkan candidate countries.

Georgia optimistic about candidate status decision from European Commission

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi November 7, 2023

Brussels seen as wanting to move enlargement along as quickly as possible, despite Georgia's backsliding and failure to fulfil all of its recommendations.

Russian troops kill one Georgian and abduct another near South Ossetia occupation line

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi November 7, 2023

Incident marks the first death on the de-facto border since the brief war over South Ossetia in 2008.

CENUSA: The Middle East crisis and the European perspective for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

Denis Cenusa in Germany November 1, 2023

The need to act on other geopolitical fronts should not be a reason for the EU to reduce its attention to enlargement.

Armenia unveils Crossroads of Peace initiative as Silk Road forum kicks off in Georgia

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi October 27, 2023

Plan proposes that Azerbaijan and Turkey reopen their land borders and connect through several routes passing through Armenia.

Iran calls on Russia to stop UN resolution against Palestine

bne IntelIiNews October 24, 2023

Iran used October 23’s so-called “3+3” meeting intended to discuss the Armenian-Azerbaijan situation to urge Russia to thwart a United Nations Security Council resolution on Palestine.

Georgia's president survives impeachment vote over EU visits

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi October 19, 2023

Georgian Dream leader Irakli Kobakhidze has accused Zurabishvili of working against the country's vital interests in meetings with EU leaders.

Georgia's president faces impeachment as court finds her guilty of violating constitution

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi October 17, 2023

Ruling party has admitted that they lack the votes to push through president's impeachment.

Georgian and Hungarian PMs toast shared traditional values in Tbilisi

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi October 13, 2023

Red carpet welcome for Hungarian strongman celebrates Georgian ruling party's rightwards shift.

COMMENT: Georgia awaits EU verdict on candidate status with trepidation

Zachary Weiss in Tbilisi October 9, 2023

A green light would not be a signal of the ruling Georgian Dream government’s actual preparedness for membership. The criteria that the EU has set for Georgia have not been reached, or even approached, despite the government's boasts.

Azerbaijan's president emphasises Georgia's role in Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks

bne IntelliNews October 9, 2023

President Ilham Aliyev emphasised that Georgia's involvement in the peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan is the most appropriate choice.

Russia plans permanent naval base in Abkhazia, raising alarm bells in Georgia

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi October 6, 2023

Move seen as part of attempts to safeguard Crimean-based fleet from Ukrainian attacks.

Georgian government accuses USAID of funding training for protests

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi October 3, 2023

Secret service claims the trainers gave lessons on violent protests, picket lines, traffic disruptions, and government building occupations.

EU ministers discuss multi-speed Europe to prepare for enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2023

To enable enlargement of the bloc from the current 27 members, changes to decision-making processes, agricultural policies and regional aid budgets are being considered.

Georgia’s National Bank president confirms suspension of IMF programme

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi September 28, 2023

IMF takes action after a former official close to oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili was shielded from US sanctions.

EBRD projects slowdown in Central Europe, robust growth in Eurasia

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2023

High gas prices, China slowdown and shifts in industrial production contribute to slower growth in Central Europe.

Top Georgian central bank officials resign over unfreezing of assets of sanctioned former prosecutor

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi September 21, 2023

TBC and Bank of Georgia reaffirm their commitment to adhere to international sanctions imposed by the EU, the UK, and the U.S., regardless of the National Bank of Georgia's decision.