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Nov 11, 2021
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The West has put Georgia before a choice: Saakashvili or the EU

The European Union is disappointed with both the opposition and the ruling party

Georgia’s Western partners are already openly saying that today this country is far from Euro-Atlantic integration as never before.

MEP from Germany Viola von Cramont-Taubadelwho tried to lead the work on the Agreement Charles Michel (The agreement collapsed), said she did not like the anti-European rhetoric of the ruling Georgian Dream party. This rhetoric puzzles her and annoys her, as if the European Union is imposing some wrong values ​​on Georgia, although everyone knows that reforms in the country must be carried out not for the sake of Europe, but for the sake of its citizens, the MEP noted.

“I warned members of the ruling party that, despite their aspirations towards the EU, they are now further than ever from EU membership. The Association Agreement with the EU has not been implemented. We are very far from both judicial reforms and other reforms. Although these are not reforms for the European Union, these are reforms for the citizens of Georgia. I always thought that Georgia is a pro-European country, I am very irritated by the new tone, new rhetoric, as if we were imposing values ​​on Georgia that they do not want “,

– declared von Cramon.

At the same time, she criticizes the opposition, which threw all its forces into street protests. However, according to the MEP, it is impossible to achieve any serious result by holding protests, the political struggle should be waged in parliament, and not on the street.

Now the European Union needs to find in this country, in the country’s parliament, some healthy forces with which it will be possible to conduct a dialogue, because you cannot build a dialogue with either the ruling party or the opposition, von Cramon is sure.

“We tried very hard to start an inter-parliamentary dialogue and use all the tools that European parliamentarians have for a country like Georgia, because it occupies a leading position in terms of supporting democracy.

Everyone was very worried about the current political situation in which Georgia entered, and no one knows how to get out of it “,

– complained Viola von Cramon during a webinar with the participation of MEPs.

And another MEP and former Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius said that the presence of the Georgian Dream party in power could hinder the country’s integration into the EU and NATO.

“I would not be surprised if the time comes when the Georgians have to make a choice – either the“ Georgian Dream ”in power or real integration into the European Union, since perhaps the combination of these two things will become difficult,”

– warned Kubilius, noting, in particular, the reluctance of the ruling party to meet the opposition’s requests for Mikhail Saakashvili… The impression is that the European deputies have lost their memory – they have forgotten about the fact that criminal cases have been initiated against the former president of Georgia for a long time, and that the Georgian Dream won democratic elections, including local ones.

As for Saakashvili, on Wednesday, November 10, the Tbilisi City Court resumed hearings on the criminal case on the brutal dispersal of the opposition rally on November 7, 2007 and the pogrom of the Imedi TV company with the misappropriation of its property. The accused is the ex-president of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili. However, the court session took place without his presence, since the administration of the penitentiary medical institution No. 18 refused to bring Saakashvili to court. The next court hearing on this case will be held on November 29.

And by the evening of Thursday it became known – Saakashvili agreed to end the hunger strike, his lawyer said about it Nika Gvaramia… It is likely that the ex-president was influenced by the response from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), to which his representatives asked to transfer Saakashvili to a private clinic. However, the ECHR did not satisfy the demand and, instead of being transferred to a private clinic, called on the plaintiff to end the hunger strike, the Minister of Justice of Georgia said. Rati Bregadze

Mikheil Saakashvili seems to have taken note of the European Council. Although, in fact, he did not starve fully – he was on a diet.

Own. corr. FSK

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