Georgia—Waiting for NATO, Waiting for the EU

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By JUDY DEMPSEY

The notion of a Europe whole and united hardly got a look-in at this year’s Globsec forum of foreign and security policy experts in Bratislava. Yet becoming part of the Euro-Atlantic structures of NATO and the EU is key to Georgia’s future direction and stability. Since 2012, when the Georgian Dream coalition defeated the party led by then president Mikheil Saakashvili, reforms have lost their momentum, stagnation has set in, and corruption and nepotism have been on the rise, according to a new report by the Center for Eastern Studies. There are disagreements too about Georgia’s relations with Russia.

The President: Lithuania and Germany are close as never before

Wednesday, April 20, Berlin – President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently on a state visit to Germany, met with German President Joachim Gauck to discuss the deepening of bilateral relations, new prospects for cooperation, the threat posed by Russia’s aggressive and provocative behavior and propaganda, as well as a joint response to security challenges. The Presidents of Lithuania and Germany also emphasized the importance of preserving European values and support for the Ukrainian people.