Is Georgia getting closer to the EU, but farther from NATO?

By Giorgi Menabde

On June 27, Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili signed a historic Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union (EU). People in Tbilisi celebrated this event as a national holiday. Political forces in the country unanimously agree on the necessity and benefits of association with the EU in terms of further development of the country and bringing its institutions closer to European standards.

Interrupted “Stream”

By Svetlana Samoylova

The situation around the South Stream project remains to be controversial. After declarative freezing of the project by Bulgaria the gas pipeline construction was supported by Austria, and soon by Hungary. As Hungarian Prime Minister  Viktor Orban stated, “the one who said that we shouldn’t construct the South Stream should offer us an alternative way of our living without energy”, reports Freedom Radio. Simultaneously quite unclear was the idea of the Ambassador of Italy to Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini. And it is the line of Italy, which is undertaking Chairmanship in the EU, to influence the situation greatly.

Remembering Georgia's Shevardnadze

Eduard Shevardnadze, the last foreign minister of the Soviet Union and onetime president of Georgia, died Monday. Shevardnadze had not been active in politics since his ouster as president during the Rose Revolution in 2003. However, his time in politics marks two critical periods of transition in geopolitics and the world: the end of the Cold War and the restart of the U.S.-Russian struggle.

AUSTRIA DO FOR YOUSELF CONCLUSIONS

By Alina Kantor

Fugitive oligarch and former high-ranking official of Kazakhstan Rakhat Aliyev detained in Vienna on a warrant prosecutors issued May 19 this year. Today, he is kept in prison Josefstadt. Austrian authorities a few years Kazakhstan denied extradition of ex-official, and the investigation conducted passivno.Hotya facts of his criminal activity had already had enough.