European Union vs. Eurasian Union; going into extra time
Analysis

European Union vs. Eurasian Union; going into extra time

The EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius saw Georgia and Moldova initial Association Agreements, but Ukraine and Armenia have leant towards a Russian alternative. Giovanni Cadioli asks why the Eurasian Union has made an unlikely comeback, and whether it is sustainable. As shown in a post published last week, Russia has not been entirely successful … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 17 November 2013 Efforts by the EU to negotiate a settlement to the row over Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment continued, as politicians emphasised the importance of Ukraine signing an Association Agreement at the Vilnius Summit in a week’s time. Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, said that Ukraine’s hopes of greater integration with Europe … Continue reading

Georgia on my mind
Travel

Georgia on my mind

Kasia Remshardt recently visited Georgia and found it full of charm. She sends this report. Friends and family without a personal interest in the post-Soviet sphere often struggle to comprehend the more exotic holiday destinations. They invariably ask: ‘Georgia? But isn’t that dangerous?’. Certainly, their conception of what lies beyond, say, Germany are seldom disturbed … Continue reading

One War, Two Narratives
Analysis

One War, Two Narratives

August 2013 marks the fifth anniversary of the war between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia. Yet the national conversation surrounding the issue is dominated by electioneering, writes Levan Kakhishvili. Five years ago, the Georgian government tried to regain control over the breakaway region of South Ossetia, leading to a severe reaction from Russia. A … Continue reading