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Shame on Europe!

When half a year ago, I predicted in my article “Georgia Exporting Crime” that the visa liberalization would be stalled in the last moment, I was called a grumbler and alarmist. Unfortunately, usually the pessimists get it right. This week, a whole bunch of European politicians, primarily from Germany, expressed their rejection of the visa liberalization for Georgian citizens. As Joachim Hermann, Minster of the Interior of the province of Bavaria, stated bluntly: “I can only advise against visa liberalization with Ukraine, Georgia, and the Kosovo”. ...
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Simon Appleby
I dont think any European jurisdiction would be content outsourcing trials to the Georgian justice system at this stage, more refo... Read More
Monday, 06 June 2016 2:02 PM
Eric Livny
Of course, I claim is that it is factually impossible to prevent the free movement of people in the 21st century. People always fo... Read More
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 7:07 AM
Florian Biermann
Eric, do you claim that it is factually impossible to prevent immigration, or do you want to say that one should not prevent immig... Read More
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 5:05 AM
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New Labor Migration Law – Homemade Explosive Device in the Making

LEGISLATING GEORGIA’S WAY INTO THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY – LESSONS FROM RECENT HISTORY On September 1, 2014, the Georgian society woke up to a very unpleasant reality – after years of extremely welcoming visa regime which put the country on the map as an attractive tourist and foreign direct investment destination, a new migration law regulating foreigners admission and stay in Georgia came into effect. Business owners, foreign students, employees of large and small companies, and even residents of Georgia’s border areas found themselves in a very uncertain...
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Guest — Hans Gutbrod
I do think this is ISET's moment, when it would be great if mobilize full-out -- and help reframe the debate on this issue. I am V... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 2:02 PM
Guest — Betsy Haskell
AmCham is working hard on this. I mentioned to George Welton, the new Executive Director, that in order to persuade the Millenium... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 2:02 PM
Guest — Eric Livny
Great food for thought, dear Lasha! Many thanks... I only hope someone is taking note and thinking. A message I got just now from ... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 3:03 PM
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