Europe’s Eastern Direction – Revisiting Georgia’s EU Ambitions
The Republic of Georgia has proven to be one of the more euro-enthusiast countries of the Post-Soviet zone, with 69% of Georgians declaring having trust towards the EU. Especially during the tenure of Mikheil Saakashvili (2004-13), the country embarked on a pro-Western course, naming membership in NATO and the EU as some of its top priorities. While the 2008 war against Russia and Saakashvili’s hasty departure from the Georgian political scene tempered these ambitions, they remain very much alive, as shown by the bold declaration of the current president Salome Zourabishvili, made on her recent visit to Brussels. While her declared goal of opening the EU accession process in 2024 might please many europhiles, the road ahead may prove to be quite tumultuous.