The Birth of a Centrist France? What Macron means for Georgia

Shota Gelovani* On May 7, the supporters of European integration, free markets, and open borders celebrated Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the second round of the French presidential elections. Roughly 20 million French voters put their trust in the 39-year old political independent, refusing the fa...
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Can the Association Agreement be Georgia’s Pathway into Europe?

Gvantsa Ichkiti* The Georgia-European Union (EU) Association Agreement has been a major subject of discussion since being signed in 2014. The Association Agreement is a complex document that went into force in July 2016. At 752 pages long, full implementation of the agreement will take years....
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Visa Liberalization for Georgia: What’s Next?

Giorgi Vardishvili, Elene Panchulidze On March 28, 2017 the visa-free regime for Georgian citizens to the Schengen Area officially entered into force. This was another historic decision on the road to Georgia’s homecoming, its final integration in the European family. The visa regime liberalizatio...
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Why Law Enforcement Matters for Georgia’s European Integration

Teona Surmava*  Georgians gained the right to travel visa-free to the Schengen zone on March 28. That milestone had been a long-standing goal of Georgia’s government and society. Four years in the process, practical work toward visa liberalization started when the Visa Liberalization Action Plan ...
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France’s policies toward the Eastern Partnership countries in context

David Cadier France’s strategic attention interest and diplomatic engagement in the Eastern neighborhood have increased significantly during the last decade. Of the two geographical areas covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP),...
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