Pundits Weight on Georgia’s Europeanization Challenges
Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) asked twenty Georgian and foreign experts and scholars about the important trends and prospects of Georgia’s European integration. According to the survey results, the pundits believe that close relations with the EU and democratization processes in Georgia are closely linked and that Georgia will find it hard to consolidate its democracy without the EU’s support. Experts also believe that the process of European integration has a solid basis in Georgia and is supported by both the political elite and the population.The international experts argued, however, that the EU still does not view Georgia as capable of joining the EU anytime soon. Accordingly, the democratizing pressure used by the EU in Georgia is above the EaP average but far below European standards.