After Georgia initialed the EU Association Agreement with the EU last week in Vilnius, there has been heated discussion in the country on how Russia will prevent further cooperation between Georgia and the EU. Nobody seriously doubts that Moscow will create obstacles for Georgia’s pro-Western path.
Out of the six Eastern Partnership countries -Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia- only the last two have been prepared to continue the EU integration process.
I like the word conundrum. It’s got a nice ring and feel about it. The three syllables slip out of ones mouth so easily. There are lots of conundrums in Nigeria (type the word “conundrum and Nigeria” into your search engine and you will be amazed at what it throws up). Off the back of the piece I did on the NIPP power privatization last month, I decided to take a deeper look into the conundrum of gas in Nigeria.
Just four days prior to the presidential election scheduled for October 27, analysts, journalists and other citizens continue to discuss the possible results and developments of the presidential election.
For the Eastern Partnership countries, the Vilnius Summit will be a very important event. For Georgia it is particularly crucial. The Georgian government has defined its pro-western orientation emphatically and is doing everything possible to achieve its goals. Meanwhile, there remain active forces in the country that try to drag the country in the direction of the Eurasian Customs Union headed by Russia.
For two and a half years President Barack Obama took a cautious approach to Syria’s tragic implosion. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a reformer. Even after the administration eventually decided that the Syrian leader should go, it did nothing practical to achieve that result. Today Washington appears to have no coherent policy toward Syria.
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